CONTACT: JULIE GRANGER
MILWAUKEE…Tim Sheehy, President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Governor Scott Walker in welcoming the announcement by Coca-Cola that it will be expanding its Brown Deer Road facility.
“Southeastern Wisconsin is home to a thriving food and beverage industry cluster, with over 250 companies representing nearly 15,000 employees and $580M in payroll,” said Sheehy. “Coca-Cola’s announcement today reinforces the message that when it comes to being a national and international leader in the food and beverage industry, the metro Milwaukee region is the real thing.”
As part of its expansion plans, Coca-Cola will be expanding its Milwaukee facility to add a new bottling operation for its Smartwater product line and increasing their warehouse capacity and activity. The new Smartwater bottling line will be Coca-Cola’s fifth in the nation, the first in the Central U.S., and will make Milwaukee a prime distribution point for Smartwater delivered to markets on the West Coast. The company’s plans include approximately $30 million in new capital investment in the Milwaukee plant and will result in 16 new full-time jobs.
‘Coca-Cola is one of the most recognized and respected brands in the entire world,” said Sheehy. “We’re extremely pleased that they have chosen to expand their presence here and make this substantial new investment in our community and our region.”
The MMAC represents 1,800 member companies employing more than 300,000 workers throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and is a founding member of the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development organization.