Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co., a family-owned soda bottling company, recently unveiled its new $40 million headquarters expansion in Springfield, Missouri. The company cut the ribbon on the new 432,000 sq. ft. expansion, which includes a second building that is connected to the primary plant via a connector bridge spanning a local creek.
“We had manufacturing expansion going on at the main plant, and we needed a bigger warehouse. But the creek was still there,” said Vice President and Board Chairperson Sally Hargis. “Jordan Creek is pretty important to Springfield, and it’s also going to be a big part of future economic development downtown, so we kept looking at this property and kept thinking: How are we going to make it work with the creek? We came up with the idea to convey full goods coming off the production line, across the creek, via an overhead connector.”
Full bottles of soda will come packaged in cases across the connector and into an area where they will be stacked on pallets. Pallets can then be taken into the warehouse space to await loading onto trucks headed to Ozarks Coca-Cola’s customers.
In addition to the expansion, the company also recently celebrated its 101st year as a family-operated business.