SOUTH BRUNSWICK – Today, Governor Chris Christie joined executives from The Coca-Cola Company, including Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, to cut the ribbon on a new 226,000 -square foot facility in South Brunswick. The new facility will employ many of the company’s 1,250 workers in New Jersey.
The South Brunswick facility consolidates operations from Asbury Park, North Brunswick and Parsippany into a larger, more efficient center employing more than 550 people. Since opening in October, 40 new positions have been created.
“I am proud to have a major Fortune 500 company like Coca-Cola demonstrate their commitment to New Jersey by broadening their presence in our state. Their new facility here in South Brunswick is another clear sign that our ongoing efforts to fix the state’s previously failing business climate is taking hold and working. We know that a key factor in retaining Coca-Cola was our efforts to make the state more business-friendly,” said Christie. “As New Jersey continues to attract household names like Coca-Cola, there is no doubt that our reputation has grown as a national leader in economic expansion because of the pro-growth policies we have enacted.”
“Today’s opening states clearly what we and others see in New Jersey: a clear welcome mat for businesses — large to small, established to startup, global to local and everything in between,” said Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company. “Thanks in large part to New Jersey’s open, positive environment for business and investment, we chose to invest in South Brunswick to consolidate other less-efficient facilities around the state into a new state-of-the art center that ensures that more than 1,000 jobs remain in the Garden State.”
The company credits its interaction with the Business Action Center and both the Governor’s and Lt. Governor’s offices as being a part of its decision to stay and grow in New Jersey. The company is not receiving any state retention incentives, according to the governor’s office.
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, with more than 500 brands and globally is the top provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through its distribution system, they serve more than 200 countries at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. Including their bottling partners, they rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 employees.
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