Coca-Cola Great Lakes to shutter Kzoo site; 102 affected

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 100 jobs will be eliminated when a Coca-Cola facility in Kalamazoo closes for good.

In a Thursday Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) letter to the state, Great Lakes Coca-Cola, which bottles and distributes Coke products, announced plans to permanently close its plant at 216 Peekstok Drive in Kalamazoo.

A spokesperson with the company said the move comes after business evaluations they hope will ensure their success as a competitive industry leader.

“As part of this ongoing evaluation we recently announced the closure of our distribution center located in Kalamazoo, MI. We deeply value the contributions our team members have made, and we have worked hard to minimize the impact to employees.”

The company indicated the closure will happen Nov. 5, 2018. Great Lakes Coca-Cola said a total of 102 workers could lose their jobs if they are not transferred to existing centers in Grand Rapids or Lansing.

Workers in 18 roles will be impacted; about one-third of them are full-time mechandisers, according to the letter.

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