Coca-Cola Bottling Co. completes warehouse expansion

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The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima & Tri-Cities has expanded its Pasco warehouse.

The project added more than 13,000 square feet of warehouse space and 8,000 square feet of additional office space.

A Coca-Cola Freestyle soda machine and workout room were added for employees.

The warehouse at 1225 Road 34 also built more loading docks to accommodate the arrival of more distribution trucks.

The company plans to start distributing Coca-Cola products in the Moses Lake area, after it secures territory rights in the last quarter of 2016.

The Dolsen family has managed the independently-owned Coca-Cola franchise since 1972.

The Pasco warehouse distributes packaged products to retailers, large and small, and provides Coca-Cola vending to hundreds of businesses throughout Benton and Franklin counties.

It’s the third time Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Yakima & Tri-Cities has expanded its Pasco location since it opened. The first time was in the 1980s with an additional 20,000 square feet of space and the second time was in 1994 with an additional 10,000 square feet.

The company went from distributing a handful of brands to dozens of carbonated soft drinks, water and juice brands.

The company’s distribution area includes Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Grant and Yakima counties. The company employs 150 employees between the Yakima and Pasco warehouses. The Pasco warehouse employs 75 people.

O’Brien Construction Co. in Kennewick was the general contractor for the $2.2 million expansion.