Atlantic Bottling Company has been bottling and distributing Coca-Cola products at its facility on Hickman Road in Waukee since 1989. Later this summer, however, they will move out of Waukee and into a new facility on Army Post Road on the south side of Des Moines.
Late last year, the Atlantic Bottling Company, with corporate headquarters in Atlantic, Iowa, expanded its territory and now distributes all over the State of Iowa.
“One of the things with our expansion, we’re now able to serve most of the State of Iowa, so it made business sense for us to make a move to the south side (of Des Moines) where we could get to Ottumwa faster,” said Ryan Tyler, Regional Sales Manager at Atlantic Bottling Company.
The Waukee bottling plant currently distributes mostly around the Des Moines Metro area, going south to near the Missouri boarder and to about as far east as Newton, as far west as Creston and as far north as Boone.
Tyler says that you could fit four or five of the current Waukee facilities in the new facility in Des Moines. He said that the move will also allow them to serve other bottlers.
Tyler said he hopes the move would allow them to create more jobs in the future, but could not quantify how many.
Tyler said that the company, while relocating away from Waukee, still plans to be involved with the City of Waukee.
“We’ve had a great relationship with the City of Waukee,” Tyler said. “In 1989 when we moved out to our current location, it was the only building out there.”
He said it’s been great to work with the Waukee administration over the years.
Dan Dutcher, Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Waukee, said also expressed that the city and Atlantic Bottling Company have had a positive relationship over the years.
“They contribute to a lot of events, they’ve been great to have as a corporate citizen,” Dutcher said. “We certainly hate to lose them, but at the same time, it was a business decision that they made.”
The building is currently for sale, but would could become of the building is still unclear.
Dutcher could not speak for what a potential buyer may choose to do with the property, but said he believes there have been conversations with developers, who would redevelop the property.
“It’s a great corner, it’s high traffic both on Hickman and Alice’s Road as Alice’s Road gets expanded, I would guess that it would probably be redeveloped as a commercial entity. Retail or something like that,” Dutcher said. “But, again, that’s really up to whoever buys it.”
Tyler currently sits on the Waukee Community & Economic Development Advisory Council. His term expires on Jan. 31, 2019.