LIMA — Making a good product only matters if it safely gets to its intended destination.
That’s where Shanye Horne steps in. As a driver for Coca-Cola Refreshments for the past year, it’s her job to make sure the cans and bottles of pop and tea get from the distribution center at 201 N. Shore Drive, Lima, to the stores where customers will pick them up.
On this particular morning, Horne and the warehouse lead, Calvin Chambers, bring wrapped pallets of Coca-Cola products into Star Gas, 701 W. North St., Lima, on carts, making sure fresh products are there before the customers are.
“Our drivers start their days around 4 a.m. and deliver throughout the day to various customers” said Jennifer Richmond, public affairs and communications director with Coca-Cola North America Group.
A supervisor works out their route the day before, seeing which businesses need which products. Then it’s on the drivers to make sure it gets there on time.
The company makes deliveries six days a week, taking Sundays off.
The Lima facility has 55 associates. The company has had a presence in Lima since 1918. There are 22 Coca-Cola facilities in Ohio, providing more than 10,000 jobs in the beverage industry, including 2,400 at Coca-Cola. Statewide, they serve approximately 160,000 customers, Richmond said.
“Anything you see with Coca-Cola on it in a store, it’s going to be routed through that facility in Lima,” Richmond said.
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