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With plant closed, Coca-Cola jobs won't come to Hagerstown

October 10, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

A Hagerstown Coca-Cola bottling plant closed in May and therefore won't get jobs from other plants, a spokesman said Monday, correcting wrong information he provided last week.

"That was absolutely, positively my error," said Curtis Etherly, the vice president of public affairs for Mid-Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Inc.

Etherly told The Herald-Mail last week that production jobs at plants in York, Pa., and Winchester, Va., could move to Hagerstown after those plants close Dec. 2.

However, the Coca-Cola bottling plant on Charles Street in Hagerstown closed May 26, Etherly acknowledged Monday. He said he had forgotten that during an earlier interview.

The Herald-Mail asked Etherly about the discrepancy after getting an e-mail response to a story on possible jobs that ran Monday.


Etherly said the Hagerstown production plant had 25 employees when it closed.

Coca-Cola has a sales center on Western Maryland Parkway near Hagerstown. It has about 70 employees, Etherly said.

Both the production plant and the sales center were owned by Central Coca-Cola Bottling Co.

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 some of the 78 jobs at the York plant and 50 jobs at the Winchester plant could move to other Coca-Cola facilities.

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