Pepsi was invented in New Bern, North Carolina in 1898 by Caleb Bradham, who made it at his drug store where it was sold. It is now one of the world's most valuable brands. The drink was first bottled in Hickory in 1934, thanks to Lee Frans. If his name sounds familiar, it is because the L P Frans Stadium, directly adjacent to the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, is named after him.
For 80 years, and through many rebrandings, the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in Hickory has bottled and distributed Pepsi and other beverages. Today, the company produces a wide variety of products, including:
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John Teeter, pictured left, is the Vice President at the Pepsi Cola Bottling Plant, with Lee Teeter serving as CEO. The company has been family run for four generations. John stands in the conference room, among pictures of his family members who took the helm before him. Lee Frans was the first proprietor, and Mac Teeter also served as leader of the business. These men watched as their small bottling company blossomed into a large, successful business that serves a 12 county area, employing about 340 Western North Carolinians. The business has plants in nearby counties, as well as Hickory, and the corporate offices are centered here. With 150 people employed in Catawba County alone, the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company makes a positive difference in our community.
We understand that the people in our community are buying our products. We are successful because the community buys our product, so we want to support the community." -John Teeter
The business donates both money and products to many local charitable organizations, including:
Leadership is also very involved in the Chamber of Commerce. In fact, John Teeter is the president of the Board of Directors for the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. As one of the oldest family run businesses in the city, and as a successful company that employs many, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company is vital to the economy of Hickory.