Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated has invested $10m in its manufacturing plant in Baltimore, Maryland.

Last April, the independent bottler for Coca-Cola in the US took over the operations of the 154,000ft2 Baltimore manufacturing plant from Coca-Cola Refreshments. The company has since made significant improvements to the site.

Originally engaged in the production of 12oz canned carbonated soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, and Caffeine-free Diet Coke, the manufacturing facility has been upgraded to include a 7.5oz can production line-up.

Baltimore's Mayor Catherine Pugh said: “We are proud to celebrate Coca-Cola Consolidated’s investment in the Baltimore community.

"Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated is proud to invest in and serve the people of Baltimore."

“Any time a company invests and expands its operations here, it encourages job creation and the kind of economic development that will bring prosperity to the city.”

Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated has ten facilities in Maryland, and employs more than 1,700 people. Its new Baltimore facility has nearly 112 employees.

Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated's plant manager Reshawn Lowe said: “Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated is proud to invest in and serve the people of Baltimore. This investment reinforces our commitment to our Baltimore teammates and to providing this community with the best beverages in the world.”