Coca-Cola lays off more people in Sacramento

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - 11:13 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 10:10 am

Coca-Cola Co. is downsizing again in the Sacramento area, with more layoffs coming in the next few weeks.

The soft-drink giant said Thursday it is cutting 47 positions in distribution and warehousing, although the actual number of layoffs could be smaller. That’s because Coke is adding an undetermined number of positions as well, said company spokeswoman Dora Wong. The company employs 418 workers in greater Sacramento, she said.

Last summer, the company closed its Stockton Boulevard bottling plant, eliminating 60 jobs.

Wong said the new round of cutbacks is a result of corporate consolidation. About a year ago, the parent company in Atlanta purchased the Sacramento operations. First it closed the bottling plant, and now it’s making personnel reductions because of overlap and duplication.

The affected workers include warehouse employees, truck drivers, account managers and others, Wong said.

As to the exact number of layoffs, Wong said, “We don’t really have a definitive number ... because we’re going through the process.” She said Coke hopes that some of the laid-off employees will be able to take new jobs the company is creating in the Sacramento region.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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