City Council Approves Rezoning, Tax Break For $62 Million Coca-Cola Bottling Expansion

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The City Council on Tuesday night approved rezoning and tax breaks for a $62 million expansion of Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company United.

The new site is the former Olan Mills property at Shepherd Road and Highway 153.

Former Judge Walter Williams said the Shepherd community supports the project after receiving several assurances.

He said the state plans to widen the bridge over Highway 153 and to include adequate sidewalks.

Also, he said it was agreed that truck traffic would not go through the community.

He said Shepherd does not want to have further commercial intrusion into the community.

It was announced recently that the Chattanooga facility was getting a major expansion of its distribution territory.

 The company plans to build a new 290,000-square foot distribution and sales facility.  Other construction and improvements include ancillary automobile parking, roadways, truck docks, truck and trailer maneuvering and parking areas, stormwater management system, lighting and landscaping.

The firm has 487 employees in Chattanooga. In order to accommodate the expansion, 203 employees will remain at the existing bottling facility while the distribution and regional offices will be transferred to a new location along with the additional 43 new jobs.

Founded in 1902, the local bottler produces and distributes more than 400 beverages and 6 million cases each year.


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