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Coca-Cola opens new facility in Whitestown

WHITESTOWN, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — North Carolina-based Coca-Cola Consolidated has now opened its distribution and automated warehouse facility in Whitestown. The company says it invested $60 million to build the 400,000-square-foot facility.

The distribution center, which the company announced last June, employs 450 people. Some of those people came from a bottling plant in Indianapolis, while others came from the Lafayette plant. In February, the company announced plans to cease operations at the Tippecanoe County facility.

“We are excited to continue our journey of growth in the Hoosier state,” said Levi Alexander, Whitestown operations manager. “This investment in expanding our distribution capabilities is a long-term commitment to improving how we serve the world’s best brands and flavors to our communities.”

Nearly 200 teammates will continue production operations at the Indianapolis production facility. Coca-Cola Consolidated says the Indy plant has increased capacity due to an over $18 million investment to add a new can production line.

The company says the Whitestown facility will be able to distribute over 20 million cases each year.