OUR HISTORY

1917
Coca-Cola Bottling was founded as a franchise and located on 10th Avenue in Bethlehem, PA.

1918
Joseph G. Filoromo, Sr. founded Coatesville Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Inc. located in Coatesville, PA by purchasing 49 shares from George Derry, owner of Philadelphia Coca Cola, for $1,200. A one-man operation, he bottled and delivered the soda himself by horse and buggy.


1928
Coatesville Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Inc. moved to a newly built plant on 8th Avenue in Coatesville.

1941
Coca Cola Bottling moved to the Broad Street location in Bethlehem, PA and took the name of Quaker State Coca Cola Bottling Company.

1963
Quaker State Coca Cola Bottling was purchased by ABARTA - a family owned business formed by the Adams, Bitzer, Roehr and Taylor families, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. ABARTA=Adams, Bitzer, Adams, Roehr, Taylor & Adams. Rolland Adams had three daughters (Mimi, Ann & Marcia). The daughters married John Bitzer, Jr., George Roehr & Don Taylor.
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1972
George Derry of Philadelphia Coca Cola passes and his family sells the other 51% of shares to Coatesville Coca Cola Bottling Works, Inc.

1975
Coatesville Coca Cola Bottling Works, Inc. builds a new 60,000 SF facility on N. Caln Road in Coatesville.

1981
ABARTA purchases Coatesville Coca Cola Bottling Works, Inc.

1981
In January 1981, Quaker State Coca Cola Bottling moved from the West Broad Street location to our current location on Industrial Drive in Bethlehem. The new production and distribution facility was newly named ‘Coca Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley’.

1985
Coca Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley is one of only two plants nationwide that produces Coca-Cola products with sucrose, (real sugar from cane or sugar beet).

1990

Major building expansion completed in Coca Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley.


1993
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley stopped bottling in glass bottles and started bottling in PET 20 ounce plastic bottles.

2002
Coca Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley is one of three plants in the U.S. that qualifies for an alternative water process. This process eliminates chemicals in the water and increases production capacity.

2003
Coca Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley created our vision: “Quenching the Thirst of Our Neighbors”.

2006
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley received the “Business of the Year” award by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

2007
On March 7, 2007, Coca Cola Park was born. This is the first professional sports venue in the United States named after Coca-Cola.


2008
On April 11, 2008 the first pitch was thrown at Coca-Cola Park during its inaugural season.

2010
Coatesville Coca-Cola Bottling Works Inc. moved to Downingtown and was renamed ‘Coca Cola Bottling Company of Chester County’s, better representing our territory.

2010
The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce awarded Vice President & GM, Joe Brake, the 2010 Chamber Foundation Award.


2010
On March 2, 2010, Cola Bottling Company of Chester County received a Safety award for 1,203 days without a lost time injury.

2010
Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council, awarded Joe Brake the distinguished Citizen Award at the 2010 Lehigh Valley Leadership Dinner.


2011
In January, Joe Brake was named President of the Boy Scouts of America, Minsi Trails Council and the Pennsylvania Beverage Association. PBA is the statewide organization that represents the non-alcoholic beverage industry in Pennsylvania.

2011
Joe Brake is honored by LifePath & PICPA with the LV-PICPA Community Service Award for his contributions to the community at their annual Thanksgiving Benefit & Awards Luncheon.