Coca-Cola Consolidated is expanding its regional remanufacturing center at the Monroe Corporate Center, located in the city’s “Class A” precision manufacturing industrial park.
The Company is adding 42,000 square feet of space to meet growing demand and expects to complete the work in fall 2024. An investment of up to $15 million is currently anticipated in connection with the project.
“This investment reflects our dedication to innovation, growth and our teammates,” said Mark Simmons, Senior Vice President of Equipment Services at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “We’re expanding our remanufacturing capacity and fostering an environment of learning and development, ensuring a bright future for both our teammates and the Monroe community.”
The added capacity will include new paint booth and high-pressure cleaning equipment, as well as classrooms and training workstations to prepare Coke Consolidated’s next generation of diverse servant leaders.
“Monroe is very proud that Coca-Cola Consolidated chose to expand their facility here in Monroe,” said Mayor Marion Holloway. “The company has provided jobs for our residents since 1996, and I am pleased they will continue to offer excellent career opportunities.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. In addition to servicing its own beverage cooling and dispensing equipment, such as coolers, fountain/vending beverage dispensers and ice machines, Coca-Cola Consolidated’s subsidiary, Equipment Reutilization Services (ERS) will be performing similar work at the facility for other Coca-Cola Bottlers and commercial business partners.
County Commission Chairman Stony Rushing shared, “Union County has been focused on growing our commercial tax base by providing one of the best business environments in the Carolinas. Coca-Cola Consolidated’s decision to grow here demonstrates the confidence businesses have in our community. We are very proud to partner with them as they continue to invest in Union County.”
At the June 19th, 2023, Board of County Commissioners meeting, Union County awarded a “STEP 3” economic development incentive grant not to exceed $330,000 in total. The City of Monroe also awarded a Level III economic development incentive grant not to exceed $300,000 over the same period at their meeting on June 13th, 2023.
Chris Platé, Executive Director of Monroe-Union County Economic Development Commission, expressed excitement about Coca-Cola Consolidated’s expansion in the community. “Monroe and Union County work diligently to remain a preferred location for precision manufacturing operations. Our community is honored that Coca-Cola Consolidated will expand their footprint in our community once again.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated is dedicated to strengthening the communities where its teammates live and work. Teammates at the Monroe facility have been long-time supporters of Hometown Heroes, Ground 40, House of Pearls, Union County Community Shelter, First Responders of Union County, and many other local non-profits.
South Atlantic Canners, Inc. (South Atlantic Canners), a Coca-Cola production cooperative that includes several Coca-Cola distributors, plans to expand its Lee County operations. The $28.7 million investment will create 15 new jobs over the next five years.
“South Atlantic Canners’ expansion is yet another indication that companies are not only finding success in South Carolina but also recognize it as a place where they can continue to thrive for years to come. This expansion is a clear indication of their confidence in our state, and we look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
Located in Bishopville, South Atlantic Canners plans to renovate its existing facility and add new, state-of-the-art equipment. South Atlantic Canners is managed by Coca-Cola Consolidated.
“This investment reinforces the commitment of Coca-Cola distributors to manufacture our products in Lee County and South Carolina. This investment will positively impact our ability to serve our team, customers and communities, and hopefully encourages future economic development in the region.” -South Atlantic Canners, Inc. Senior Plant Director Troy Santoscoy
The expansion is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2027. Initial hiring for new positions is underway; interested applicants should visit www.work4coke.com for more information.
Coca-Cola Consolidated has signed a five-year extension as the official non-alcoholic beverage provider of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
Coca-Cola products have been served at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing since the PGA TOUR event debuted in 1969 at Harbour Town Golf Links, 55 years ago.
“We are proud to be associated with such an iconic brand who has a history of helping others. Coca-Cola Consolidated’s continued support for almost a half century is unprecedented and has quenched the thirst of our loyal spectators and sponsors,” said Steve Wilmot, President of the Heritage Classic Foundation.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Heritage Classic Foundation,” said Heather Hucks, VP of Consumer Connections. “Coca-Cola and RBC Heritage both have rich roots in the Lowcountry. For 55 years, we have been refreshing fans as the official non-alcoholic beverage provider at the only annual PGA TOUR event in South Carolina. We look forward to partnering with the tournament to positively impact the community through our sustainability efforts.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated developed a local program designed to help collect and recycle packaging from the tournament. Consolidated partnered with local organizations, like i2Recycle and Bluffton High School, to renew this recycled material into new packaging.
“The Heritage Classic Foundation’s partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated continues to grow and positively affect the community. The tournament recycling programs we have implemented together have kept over 100,000 bottles and cans out of landfills,” said Wilmot.
The 55th annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will take place April 10-16, 2023 over the famed Harbour Town Golf Links. Tournament tickets are on sale at www.rbcheritage.com.
Coca-Cola Consolidated has more than 1,300 teammates working at 7 facilities in the state, including a production center in Bishopville, SC, a cooperative managed by Coca-Cola Consolidated.