New $62 million Coca-Cola distribution center will be in Chattanooga

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Coca-Cola Bottling Company United today announced that Chattanooga is getting the $62 million distribution center which will create 43 new jobs and occupy the old Olan Mills site off Shepard Road near Highway 153.

The announcement follows months of speculation about whether Coke would choose Chattanooga or go out of state.

Until today, Coke officials remained tight-lipped about where the new distribution center would go. But all moves have pointed to Chattanooga for the last few weeks.

Earlier this month, the county industrial development board approved a payment in lieu of taxes agreement for Coke, should company officials decide to build in Chattanooga.

The announcement today also comes on the eve of Chattanooga Coke celebrating 115 years in the city. Chattanooga Coke Bottling was the first ever Coca-Cola bottler.