Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Little Rock Coca-Cola plant losing production, 49 jobs

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THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES: Cokes once came only in glass - and wooden crates.
  • THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES: Cokes once came only in glass - and wooden crates.
Roby Brock reports that the Coca-Cola plant in Little Rock is shedding production work and 49 jobs will be lost here as that work moves to West Memphis and Dallas. Little Rock will be just a distribution facility.

This is a continuation of long consolidation in the soft drink bottling business and makes me nostalgic. As a child, did you have contests with pals to see whose Coke bottle bore the stamp on the bottom of the farthest-removed bottling plant? The returnable bottles would get shifted around over time. Instead of Lake Charles on the bottom, it might be a product of one of a number of Louisiana bottlers or even someplace more exotic, like Natchez or Mobile, Memphis or St. Joe.

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