By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Washington County apparently has lost out to Frederick County, Va., on a bid to lure a new bottling facility from Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Richmond, Va., according to local officials.
Dean Lowry, who handles land deals for the Washington County Engineering Department, said the county lost out to the Winchester, Va., area after Central Coca-Cola decided to invest its money in its home state despite recommendations from its own engineers to locate in Hagerstown.
Lee Christian, one of the owners of Central Coca-Cola, said Thursday he had no comment.
Lowry said the new facility would probably have cost from $12 million to $20 million and would have provided a customer for the county's underused Conococheague Industrial Pretreatment Facility. Lowry said he didn't know how many jobs the plant would have created.