Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England says it will cease manufacturing operations at its factory in Needham by the end of the year, resulting in 146 layoffs.
The New Hampshire-based company plans to use the space, on B Street near Needham Crossing, as a warehouse, said Nick Martin, a spokesman for Coca-Cola of Northern New England.
The facility will serve as a permanent home for distribution and maintenance for vending machines and other sales equipment, operations that currently are based out of a leased property in Waltham. Martin said the company is working with the employee union to move interested workers to other facilities in the region.
“There are some strategic operational benefits to co-locating that maintenance function within the sales and distribution center,” Martin said. “So that’s why it made sense to move that facility under the same roof.”
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. also announced plans to invest $70 million in operations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire following a study of its operations, according to the Hartford Business Journal. The company plans to invest $22.6 million in its East Hartford, Conn., production center and $42 million in a new sales center that will be in Connecticut.