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Timber Country Coca-Cola President Bruce Hanna, right, and Vice President of Sales and Operations Brian Stancliff work in the Roseburg warehouse in August.

The Coca-Cola distribution center in Eugene that closed in 2013 is reopening under a Utah-based franchise company but Timber Country Coca-Cola Beverages based in Roseburg will not be affected.

Utah-based Swire Coca-Cola plans to nearly triple the size of the vacant 24,000-square-foot center in north Eugene and employ 80 people, according to The Register-Guard.

President of Timber Country Coca-Cola Beverages Bruce Hanna said the reopened distribution center in Eugene will not affect his business because of strict rules set by Coca-Cola corporate.

“We don’t cross over from a franchise perspective,” Hanna said. “They don’t come into our territory and we don’t go into theirs, so really, they don’t impact us. You have a very specific territory and you do not cross over into someone else’s.”

Hanna’s company is just starting construction of a new plant in Winchester to replace the current distribution center on Northwest Cecil Avenue, off of Northwest Mulholland Drive in Roseburg. Hanna is adamant the headquarters will stay in Roseburg despite company growth, according to an interview in August.

Company-wide, Timber Country employs 160 people and, as it grows into the areas it has acquired, it expects more job growth. About half of those employees work out of the headquarters in Roseburg and the Coos Bay-North Bend market.

Janelle Polcyn can be reached at jpolcyn@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow her on Twitter

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Janelle Polcyn is the business reporter at the News-Review, graduated from the University of Texas, and is a podcast enthusiast.

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