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Coca-Cola jobs could move to county

October 09, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

Coca-Cola officials are considering whether bottling jobs will move to Hagerstown when plants in York, Pa., and Winchester, Va., shut down.

Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. will decide on those jobs closer to Dec. 2, when the plants close, Vice President of Public Affairs Curtis Etherly said.

The York plant has 78 employees and the Winchester plant has 50 employees, he said.

Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has a production plant on Charles Street in Hagerstown. It has 34 employees, according to the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission's 2006 Business & Industry Directory.

Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. also has 84 employees at a sales center on Western Maryland Parkway near Hagerstown, according to the directory.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises, which describes itself as the world's largest Coca-Cola distributor, bought Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co. this year.

Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is part of Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Etherly said that jobs from the York and Winchester plants could go to any of four plants - Hagerstown, Lancaster, Pa., Harrisburg, Pa., or Baltimore.

He said the company is "guardedly optimistic" that jobs will be moved instead of eliminated.

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