Coca-Cola announces $30 million investment in Milwaukee plant
MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Governor Scott Walker made a visit to Coca-Cola in Milwaukee on Wednesday, November 13th to tour the bottling and distribution center and to recognize the company’s plans to invest $30 million in its bottling and distribution center in Milwaukee.
“Coca-Cola is a major employee in Milwaukee and this expansion is a reassurance that the company will continue to grow and compete in Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “Milwaukee is home to 150 water-related businesses, and Coca-Cola’s presence helps solidify the area as the water hub of the world.”
Coca-Cola is replacing its Dasani line with a smartwater line, which will be one of only five smartwater lines in North America. Coca-Cola is also expanding its warehouse operations. With this expansion, the company will produce the bottles here in Wisconsin, as opposed to shipping them in from out of state.
Construction is already underway and is expected to be complete in April of next year. In addition to the new line, the investment will include an expansion to the warehouse and loading docks. Coca-Cola employs 400 people in Milwaukee and 1,000 in Wisconsin and this expansion is a sign of their commitment to remaining in the state.