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Coca-Cola production plant will invest $29M to expand Lee County operations

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South Atlantic Canners Inc. plans to invest $28.7 million to expand its production operations in Lee County. (Photo/Andre Banyai)

South Atlantic Canners Inc., a Coca-Cola production cooperative that includes several Coca-Cola distributors, is investing $28.7 million to expand its operations in Lee County. The investment is expected to create 15 new jobs over the next five years.

South Atlantic Canners is managed by Coca-Cola Consolidated Inc., the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. distributes and produces more than 300 brands and flavors of beverages across 14 states and Washington, D.C., to more than 60 million people.

“This investment reinforces the commitment of Coca-Cola distributors to manufacture our products in Lee County and South Carolina,” said Troy Santoscoy, senior plant director for South Atlantic Canners Inc. “This investment will positively impact our ability to serve our teams, customers and communities, and hopefully encourages future economic development in the region.”

Located at 601 Cousar Street in Bishopville, South Atlantic Canners plans to renovate its existing facility and add new, state-of-the-art equipment.

“South Atlantic Canners is a substantial and sound company in Lee County,” said Lee County Council Chairman Travis Windham. “Their significance is evidenced by not only providing quality jobs and investment, but also by being a strong community partner and steep stakeholder. We are excited about this second expansion.”

The expansion is expected to be complete by late 2027.

Initial hiring for new positions is underway and more information is available online.

Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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