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Coca-Cola Co. says it plans to close a Sacramento bottling and distribution facility it bought just two months.

SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - Coca-Cola Co. says it plans to close a Sacramento bottling and distribution facility it bought just two months ago.

David Ethridge, general manager of the Sacramento business, says the 60-employee operation on Stockton Boulevard will close at a date to be determined, calling it a "difficult decision."

The Sacramento Bee reports the Coke parent company bought the Sacramento Coca-Cola Co. in January at the request of the Sellers family, which had owned the business since its founding in 1927.

But Ethridge says shortly after the acquisition Coke realized it had too much capacity and didn't need the facility, which produces about 9 million cases of product a year.

Officials say the shutdown won't affect administrative and distribution offices in nearby Natomas or a distribution site in Modesto.

The plant provided badly-needed jobs when it first opened in the middle of the Great Depression in 1936.

Those who live and work near the plant said they were stunned to hear it's closing after nearly 77 years.

"A lot of people come by the store sometimes and park in the parking lot to come and take pictures and to see the bottling plant here. I mean it's sad. I'm shocked that this place is  going to close," said Paul Taylor, who owns a business across the street from the plant.

The plant is expected to close in the next few months, a time still being determined through negotiations with the Teamster's Union.

The Associated Press

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