The Union Recorder


May 23, 2013

Milledgeville Coca-Cola 100 years strong



Milledgeville Coca-Cola’s employees continue making it through a difficult economic environment.

“We hope we can do our part by keeping people employed. We’ve been fortunate to be able to do that,” Shumpert said.

Area Coke employees cherish new and old relationships. Harding said most relish not being confined to a cubicle.

“They enjoy getting out in the community and performing their jobs in the streets,” Harding said.

The local Coca-Cola bottler sponsored a customer appreciation reception at the Milledgeville Country Club Tuesday. While celebrating the century milestone, the event served as small thanks.

“This is a way of us telling the community and customers thanks for the support over the last 100 years,” Harding said.

The company value system of excellence, quality, integrity and respect are more than simplistic words to Coca-Cola United Chairman and CEO Claude Nielson and East Region president John Sherman. Harding said the upper leadership and employees believe in those values.

“That’s how we go in to business everyday trying to do the right thing,” the Milledgeville Coke manager said.

Being a vested community and civic partner puts action to those values. Shumpert said United’s rank as third largest Coca-Cola bottler in the nation boosts the company’s local growth engine stake.

The Milledgeville production facility’s reach is no different.

“We are here because of the community. It’s extremely important for us to be involved with not only Georgia College and Georgia Military College, but also all the civic groups to the extent we can be,” Shumpert said. “They are the reason we are here. We need to participate with them in order to give back to that community. It’s a very important part of our philosophy.”

Milledgeville Coca-Cola views its business as an economic stabilizer. Its 100-year resume provides commitment to the journey back up.

“We see some light at the end of the tunnel. We feel poised to be able to help the community build back some of that economic wealth that may have been lost,” Shumpert said.

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