Maryland Heights Coca-Cola plant shutting down

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – More than 100 employees will be affected when a northwest St. Louis County production facility closes, according to a letter to Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller.

The Maryland Heights Coca-Cola production facility, located at 78 Progress Parkway, will close permanently March 28. It will affect approximately 102 employees with a bulk of the employees being production workers followed by maintenance mechanics, according to the letter.

NewsChannel 5 wasn't able to reach anyone from Coca-Cola Thursday night, but Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller says employees will be offered jobs at other facilities, training for new positions, or a severance package.

"They've been a good corporate citizen and supportive of everything we've tried to do. And they've been good to work with, and we're certainly going to miss them," said Moeller.

Moeller says Coca-Cola told him there would be no incentive package that would convince the company to stay. Now, it will be up to Coca-Cola to find someone to occupy that building. But the mayor says the city is willing to do its part to help find a suitable replacement.

There is no word on why the plant will be shut down.


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