OKMULGEE--Jobs from Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages.are re-locating from Okmulgee to OKC.
Cooperate spokesperson Greg Artkop released a statement on Wednesday:
Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages is committed to investing in our business in Oklahoma. We remain focused on providing the highest quality products and best customer service.
Beginning in March 2018, to bring greater efficiencies to our local operations, we are evolving the operating model for Oklahoma to resemble the rest of the Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages operations. CCSWB’s integration of this new operating model into our existing organization requires changes to more effectively utilize our production capacity as well as a broader reorganization of other support functions in Oklahoma City. We are consolidating the Okmulgee manufacturing facility’s volume into our Oklahoma City manufacturing facility. While we are closing the manufacturing operations in Okmulgee, our Okmulgee distribution center’s frontline salespeople, drivers and merchandisers are not impacted.
We’ve informed our associates that we are designing a new operating model to support our growth strategy for the future. We shared that these changes occurring in our Oklahoma City and Okmulgee locations could result in approximately 246 job reductions, which about half of those from Oklahoma City, will be made through attrition, moving roles, and where necessary, job elimination.
While difficult, these changes are helping us create a faster, leaner and more agile organization to accelerate growth in the local marketplace. We do not take decisions about job impacts lightly and are committed to treating our people with dignity, fairness and respect throughout this process. Eligible associates will be given an opportunity to apply for current open roles in the Oklahoma market and access job postings across CCSWB and other bottles and the Coca-Cola system. All impacted employees will have the opportunity to attend interviewing skills and resume writing workshops. Also, CCSWB will partner with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission for assistance and will provide an employee assistance program as well as a severance package or relocation assistance.
We remain committed to making a positive difference in our local communities where we live and work. We will continue to support organizations and community initiatives as we’ve done for decades.
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