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Coke Consolidated signs agreements to expand territory

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In thsi file photo, 12-packs of canned Coke makes its way down the assembly line at the Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated plant Friday.
In thsi file photo, 12-packs of canned Coke makes its way down the assembly line at the Charlotte Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated plant Friday.

Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated said Thursday that it has signed definitive agreements with a Coca-Cola Company affiliate to expand its distribution territory to new markets in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia.

The bottler also said it’s purchasing manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana.

The territory expansion was part of letter of intents announced last year and this year, Coke Consolidated said. The bottler is also working toward definitive agreements for more additions to its territory.

Red Classic, a transportation subsidiary of Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, last week announced plans to add nearly 300 jobs in the city as part of an expansion effort.

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