In 1902, shortly after Asa Chandler, President of The Coca-Cola Company awarded the rights to put Coca-Cola in bottles, J. M. Rainwater and John E. Reed, t wo former Coca-Cola employees from Atlanta, moved to Augusta, Georgia to began the production and distribution of Coca-Cola in bottles. Within three years, production had increased from 25 cases per day to 400 cases per day.
Rainwater and Reed made a true success of the company and in 1916 sold the company to Crawford Johnson of Birmingham. This business decision would eventually lead to the formation of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., the 2nd largest privately owned bottler in the nation.
Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling Company operates in 18 Georgia and South Carolina counties marketing non-alcoholic beverages. Today, the company is located at 1901 North Leg Road where the company has made it’s home since 1978.