Nacogdoches Coca-Cola closing manufacturing plant, laying off 74

Nacogdoches Coca-Cola closing manufacturing plant, laying off 74
74 employees affected by layoffs. (Source: KTRE)

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages has announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Nacogdoches, resulting in the layoffs of 74 workers.

The company issued the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification through a letter to Nacogdoches County Judge Greg Sowell dated on Thursday.

According to the letter, terminations will take place during the 14-day period beginning April 3. An attachment to the letter lists 74 positions being affected.

The WARN letter states CCSWB will not be shutting down its sales and distribution facility.

A press release from the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation states they have begun the process of finding a business to utilize the property, located at 617 Industrial Drive. It also states they are working with the Texas Workforce Commission to host a job fair for affected employees.

Nacogdoches Mayor Shelley Brophy said the corporate office sent a representative to speak to city and county officials on Thursday. Brophy said officials were told that the leading cause dealt with transportation expenses.

“The production that they do here was way more than what Nacogdoches can consume, and so it was transported out of Nacogdoches, and those costs had just gotten too, too high,” said Brophy.

Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce President Wayne Mitchell said every effort will be made to help displaced workers.

“What we’re doing now is evaluating what resources we can put together in order to help those folks in this difficult transition,” Mitchell said.

Coca-Cola told leaders it is not shutting down its sales and distribution facility located on Northwest Stallings Drive.

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