Coca-Cola expanding West Memphis facility, investing $33 million and adding jobs

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — Coca-Cola announced Wednesday that the multi-national corporation is expanding its West Memphis facility, which will bring dozens of jobs to the area.

According to a release from the company, the expansion will bring 60 jobs, nearly doubling its current workforce.

Expanding the West Memphis facility means consolidating the Midtown facility, which will transfer jobs to Arkansas.

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Coca-Cola will invest $33 million into the 200,000 square foot expansion.

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Officials said the move was driven by the need to grow the facility and the lack of industrial space at its current facility in Midtown, which will reportedly close in late 2020.

“Coca-Cola has been a valued business partner in this community for a number of years, and we are excited they have chosen to expand in West Memphis,” said Mayor Marco McClendon.

The firm’s separate Memphis transportation and logistics facility that employs about 300 people will remain in Memphis, according to company officials.

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The expansion will be complete by late 2020, and Coca-Cola will consolidate operations at the Midtown facility which is located on South Hollywood Street. The company said 60 of the 79 of the jobs will be transferred to the new facility in West Memphis but 19 jobs won’t move over.

Coca-Cola is also seeking incentives from the city of West Memphis and the state of Arkansas.