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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Big Springs, Inc., a Huntsville producer of soft drinks since 1902, will discontinue soft drink production at its Clinton Avenue facility by late summer.
Company officials said 87 employees will be impacted by the decision. When contacted for comment, officials would not explain how the employees will be impacted.
"Big Springs, Inc. takes these actions seriously, and we will make every effort to be sensitive to the concerns of our employees affected by these changes," said Big Springs, Inc President Rusty Isom in a statement. "We are fully committed to working with the affected employees and to assist them in this transition."
The company will continue to warehouse, distribute, sell and merchandise Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper and other beverages in its franchise territory of Madison and Limestone Counties from its Meridian Street distribution center.
"We made the difficult decision to shift production to other Coca-Cola bottlers in Alabama so we can continue to compete for another 100 years," said Isom. "Contributing factors to our decision included increasing production costs, consolidation of our customer base and a focus on improving efficiency in the supply chain process to better serve our customers and consumers."
Coca-Cola and other beverages currently produced in Huntsville will be purchased from other producers in the region for distribution in North Alabama.