The Coca-Cola Co. (DOW: KO) sold the plant to Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. as part of a refranchising initiative for its North American bottling operations. The deal closed in March and includes a 231,332-square-foot facility.
Bridgeman expanded his relationship with Coca-Cola in 2016, signing a letter of intent to acquire territory in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Illinois. The agreement also included the acquisition of a production facility in Lenexa, which produces Coca-Cola Co.’s sparkling beverages, such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta and Sprite, in 12-ounce cans and plastic bottles in several sizes.
Heartland has 18 locations across Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.
Bridgeman played for 12 seasons in the NBA and his No. 2 jersey was retired by the Milwaukee Bucks franchise in 1988.