Coke president Bill Elmore (red shirt) helps cut the ribbon and is shown with WVLT Board of Trustees President Janet Scheid>
Coca-Cola Bottling has announced the opening of its new warehouse and logistics center at the Valley Gateway Industrial Park in Roanoke County. The expansion represents an investment of more than $9 million and 10 new jobs in the Roanoke Valley.
Bill Elmore, Coca-Cola Consolidated President and Chief Operating Officer, said, “This investment includes a new bottling line at our downtown Roanoke manufacturing plant on Shenandoah Avenue and the opening of our new warehouse and logistics center at Valley Gateway.”
"Coca-Cola Consolidated's location in the Valley Gateway shell building is ideal for their business operations and will allow them to establish a stronger corporate presence in the Roanoke Valley," said Jill Loope of the county’s Department of Economic Development.
In addition, Coca-Cola Consolidated announced a partnership with the Western Virginia Land Trust to sponsor the Conservation Celebration in September, where the Land Trust will be honoring the conservation achievements of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. The Western Virginia Land Trust promotes the conservation of western Virginia’s natural resources: farms, forests, waterways and rural landscapes.
Since its founding in 1996, the Land Trust has helped to conserve more than 71,000 acres of land in the Commonwealth. Coca-Cola Consolidated is donating a Toyota Prius to the Land Trust to assist in its mission. Bill Elmore noted that “The Coca-Cola system has set a goal to return 100 percent of the water we use back to nature. We are pleased to be able to promote this goal by supporting the Land Trust in the creation and maintenance of healthy watersheds throughout western Virginia.”
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated is the second largest Coca-Cola Bottler in the United States. With Corporate offices in Charlotte, the Company does business in eleven states, primarily in the Southeast.