Coca-Cola UNITED Breaks Ground on New $330M Facility in Birmingham


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Coca-Cola UNITED Breaks Ground on New $330M Facility in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 13, 2024) – Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. (UNITED) today hosted a ceremony to commemorate the groundbreaking of its new facility in Birmingham’s Kingston community – an approximate $330 million investment that is expected to create up to 50 new jobs and retain more than 750 jobs in the Magic City.

Construction is slated to last about three years with a projected completion in early 2027.

Coca-Cola UNITED leadership and special guests gathered June 13 for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the company’s new Birmingham facility. Pictured, from left, Stan Ellington, Coca-Cola UNITED Capital Investment Project Consultant; David Gulledge, Coca-Cola UNITED North Alabama Division Vice President; Hafiz Chandiwala, Coca-Cola UNITED Executive Vice Preisdent and Chief Administrative Officer; Jefferson County Commissioner Lashunda Scales; Walker Jones, Coca-Cola UNITED Board Member; Jefferson County Commission President Pro-Tem Joe Knight, Mike Suco, Coca-Cola UNITED President and CEO; Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey; Conrad Rafield, Coca-Cola UNITED Board Chairman; Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin; John Sherman, Coca-Cola UNITED Board Vice Chairman; Brenda Holifield, Kingston Neighborhood Association President; Birmingham City Councilor J.T. Moore; and Jim Gorrie and Miller Gorrie, Brasfield and Gorrie. 

In remarks before a crowd that included state and local government officials, community partners and associates, Coca-Cola UNITED President and CEO Mike Suco reflected on the rich history and longevity of Coca-Cola in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Founded in 1902 by Crawford Johnson Sr. in a modest facility in downtown Birmingham, Coca-Cola UNITED has grown to become the second largest privately held, family-owned company in Alabama and the third largest Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S.

“While I have the honor of leading our company during this exciting chapter, this moment wouldn’t be possible without our past and present leadership, our community partners, our customers, our consumers, and last but not least, our associates,” Suco said. “Birmingham has been our home for 122 years, and Birmingham will remain our home well into the future.”

Touted as a gateway to Birmingham, the new facility will sit on the former Stockham Valves and Fittings site on 40th Street North and will be highly visible to passing motorists along Interstate 20/59. The new facility will house the Birmingham Coca-Cola sales center and warehouse, as well as Coca-Cola UNITED’s Corporate, Central Region and North Alabama Division headquarters. The company’s Classic Food and Vending arm, customer solutions center and services department will also be housed in the new facility.

Also on hand to deliver remarks were Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, District 4 Birmingham City Councilor J.T. Moore, Jefferson County Commission President Pro-Tem Joe Knight and District 1 Jefferson County Commissioner Lashunda Scales.

Coca-Cola UNITED Board Chairman Conrad Rafield led the crowd in a Coca-Cola toast to mark the occasion, citing the company’s foundational values of family, service and community. Joining Rafield on stage during the toast were Coca-Cola UNITED Board Vice Chairman and former President and CEO John Sherman and Birmingham Coca-Cola associates with 40-plus years of service to the company.

“We believe the communities we serve are not just our neighbors, but an integral part of our Coca-Cola UNITED family,” Rafield said. “We are committed to supporting and growing together for many years to come.”


About Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc. 

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., founded in 1902 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is the second largest privately held Coca-Cola bottler in North America and the third largest bottler of Coca-Cola products in the U.S.  Now with its fifth generation of family working in the business, Coca-Cola UNITED has more than 10,000 associates located in more than 50 facilities across six southeastern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee). Historically significant franchises within our Coca-Cola UNITED family include Chattanooga, the world’s first Coca-Cola bottler; Atlanta, home of the worldwide Coca-Cola System; and Columbus, Georgia, development site of the original Coca-Cola formula.

Coca-Cola UNITED is engaged in the production, marketing, and distribution of a diverse portfolio of leading sparkling (Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke®, Coke Zero Sugar®, Dr Pepper®, Sprite® and Fanta®) and still (smartwater®, vitaminwater®, Dasani®, POWERADE®, BODYARMOR®, Fairlife®, Gold Peak®, Monster® and Minute Maid®) non-alcoholic brands under exclusive franchise agreements principally with The Coca-Cola Company®, Keurig Dr Pepper® and Monster Energy Company®.

For more than 120 years, Coca-Cola UNITED has remained true to its foundational core values of Quality, Excellence, Integrity and Respect.  Local relationships, personalized customer service and strong community engagement have been the foundation of our business for more than a century. Each year, millions of dollars are invested in our local communities, supporting education, community development, sustainability and nonprofit organizations that empower and impact those in need. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook and X (formerly Twitter).