The largest Coca-Cola bottler in the country today announced it would invest $55 million in a new distribution and automated warehouse facility in Whitestown, which is expected to bring more than 450 jobs to the area, according to company officials.
The Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc., facility will merge the company’s warehousing operations in Anderson, Bloomington, Lafayette, Shelbyville and Indianapolis (in Speedway), moving them to Whitestown, according to Boone County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Molly Whitehead. The new Whitestown facility will result in a partial relocation of some operations currently performed in the company’s Indianapolis facility, according to Coca-Cola Consolidated officials, including distribution, sales, equipment services, and warehouse functions. Manufacturing operations will continue in the company’s Indianapolis facility.
“Indianapolis has a production facility and warehousing combined,” Coca-Cola Consolidated Vice President of Communications Brian Nick said. “The partial relocation will be the warehousing, which is what will make up the bulk of the more than 450 people who will eventually be working out of Whitestown when (the facility is) fully operational.”
Various operations in Anderson and Bloomington will stay in those locations, and all operations in Lafayette and Shelbyville will be moved to the Whitestown facility, Nick said.
Construction of the Whitestown facility is scheduled to begin June 2020 and to be completed in spring of 2021. The company makes, sells and delivers beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partners. Its headquarters is in Charlotte, N.C.
“Not only are they investing $55 million in a state-of-the-art facility, but they also have a strong emphasis on engaging in the local community,” Whitestown Town Council President Clinton Bohm stated in reference to the company. “We look forward to building a partnership with them for years to come.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated acquired distribution territories and manufacturing facilities in Indiana from The Coca-Cola Company in March 2017. Since that time, Coca-Cola Consolidated has invested over $15 million in improvements and upgrades to its Indiana territory, according to the company. But Coca-Cola Consolidated officials believe merging operations into the Whitestown facility will expand the company’s production and distribution capabilities in the region and increase overall operational efficiencies.