Big brand gets huge new shed

TODAY Gary Briese celebrates 19 years with Bundaberg Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA), and now he will have room to put his feet up.

The company officially opened its new facility yesterday, which is twice the size of the previous Princess Street set-up.

“It's huge; a great location and everything is under one roof for the first time. It's a great move,” Mr Briese said.

Coca-Cola Amatil state manager Ian Sippel said the company's expanded local presence had led to the consolidation of its business arms Nerverfail Springwater and Quirks Refrigeration into the one facility.

“We've hired three additional people to service our growing number of Quirks customers and support our plans to expand our business operations,” he said.

Mr Sippel said it was important to remember that despite being a global company, CCA was held up by locals.

“Coca-Cola has been in the Bundaberg region since the 1950s. We've grown from a small operation in the Salters Soft Drink factory to a thriving business which now services more than a thousand customers spanning from North Burnett to the Sunshine and Central Coasts,” he said.

“It's important to realise that CCA has a presence in Bundaberg and the 15 employees based here are Bundaberg people who are part of the community.”

Despite operating from the Mount Perry Road facility since May, the operation has just been officially opened by Member for Bundaberg Jack Dempsey.

“Although they may not boast about their contribution, CCA have put forward many dollars to sporting and community events. They get the job done quietly while making a significant impact to the region,” Mr Dempsey said.

“The reality is that it's local people and local jobs at the end of the day.”

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