Coco-Cola plans to expand at Riva Road site


Coca-Cola Enterprises, which refurbishes old vending machines at its Riva Road facility in Annapolis, said yesterday it is expanding operations at its 30-person site by transfering some employees and making new hires.

About half of the 100 people working at the customer response center will be new hires. The remainder will be employees, mostly telemarketers, transferred from the company's Columbia office, said Northeast Region spokeswoman Katherine Whiting.

The former home of Annapolis Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Coca-Cola bought the facility in 1991. The site now becomes fully functional with the completion of more than $1 million to renovate the old production and distribution site, Ms. Whiting said.

More than 10,000 machines are expected to come to the facility each year to be prepared for reuse. Employees at the Riva Road site will do machine body work, sanding, sanitizing, painting and new signage. They also will do such things as electrical rewiring and recycle refrigeration components.

Job seekers for the Annapolis site, responsible primarily for vendor remanufacturing, sales telemarketing and training, can call the company's employment hotline at 410-312-5320 or the company's human resource department at 410-381-7800, Ms. Whiting said.

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