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Crockett Coca-Cola keeps it in the family

The Old plant in downtown Crockett The Old plant in downtown Crockett

The city of Crockett is known to many for its deep roots in Texas history. If you have been to Crockett in the last one hundred and seven years, you have probably had a nice cold Coca-Cola delivered straight from the Crocket Coca Cola Bottling Company.

In those 107 years, one name has been in charge of getting the refreshing drink to you.

For four generations The Edminston's can take credit for providing happiness.

The family owned and operated business is still going strong.

"I started in the business in 1937, and Howard came in about 1967 and then Parker came in after that," said second generation business operator S.A. Edminston.

"To have all three of us in the same office a lot of times all three of us are here, so that's pretty special," said third generation business operator Howard Edminston.

Fourth generation Parker Edminston runs the day to day operations, but grandfather, S.A Edminston has his rightful place.

"It's something to do. I can't play golf all day every day," said S.A. Edminston.

Before S.A., in 1906, there was Charles Edminston, the founder of the business.

To be a family owned business in this day and age is special.

The family says only about 70 privately owned Coca-Cola centers still exist.

It's been a few years since the business used the bottling plant in downtown, but to the locals the memories are still there.

 "I ran into someone the other day that said one of their fondest memories was when they were in school and going down to the old plant and watch the bottles being filled," Said Howard Edminston.

 To say they haven't seen changes in a hundred years is an understatement, but one thing that remains consistent is tradition.

"It's quite an honor to be part of a business that has survived and prosper for over 100 years," said Howard Edminston.

The family says as long as the city of Crockett will have them they will continue to provide cokes and smiles.

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