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Coca-Cola Starts $33 Million Northampton Expansion

Tue, 08/24/2010 - 4:45am

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Coca-Cola Co. bottling plant in Northampton expects to add about 40 permanent jobs by the time a 16,000-square-foot expansion is completed.

The $33 million project announced Monday will allow the plant to produce more bottled and cartoned juices in addition to the Vitamin Water and Powerade it already bottles at the site.

General Manager James Lane says the expansion project has already started and is expected to be complete by May.

The state and the city contributed $1.5 million combined to improve an area pump station that serves the plant.

The project is also creating about 60 construction jobs.

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