Atlantic Bottling Company has operated a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Waukee for nearly 30 years, but after this week, they will officially leave the city for a much larger facility in Des Moines. The company and the City of Waukee are not parting on bad terms, however.


Atlantic Bottling Company CEO Kirk Tyler was given a plaque and a “Key to the City” by Waukee Mayor Bill Peard at the Waukee City Council meeting on Monday in honor of their decades-long partnership.


During the open forum portion of the meeting, Tyler stood at the podium and gave his thanks to the City of Waukee.


“I’ve really enjoyed working with the city people in Waukee,” Tyler said.


He said that the mayors during their time in Waukee have been good to work with, as have the public safety departments.


“The police system, and Chief (John) Quinn, and his predecessors have all been great,” Tyler said. “The EMT people — we’ve had a couple of accidents out at our facilities — responded great, and it’s been a class act.


“Waukee has played a big part in our 108-year history and we just hope that we’ve given back a little bit to the City of Waukee.”


Peard expressed his gratitude for the support that Tyler and Atlantic Bottling Company have given the city over the years.


“I’ve known you for a long time and you’ve been an outstanding example of what it’s like to be a person that supports our community,” Peard said. “Not only in the school district, but in the city and as a corporate citizen, and I know you’ve been great to work with.”


Before presenting Tyler with the plaque and the Key to the City, Peard stated that he understood why the company was leaving for the south side of Des Moines.


“We wish we could’ve kept Atlantic, but I know that time marches on and you have to do what’s best for your business, and we appreciate the 30 years you’ve been here and the cooperation and your dedication to this community,” Peard said.