Honor Their Service: Coca Cola Bottling Company High Country
Our country was built on people fighting for freedom and the freedom of generations to come. Every hour, every minute of every day, our service men and women are across the globe, putting their lives in danger for us.
NewsCenter 1 would like to recognize those people and the people who advocate for them here at home. In this week’s edition of “Honor Their Service,” we take a look at how Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country shows their support for those who serve our country.
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Ever since it started up back in 1956, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country here in the Black Hills has prided itself on it’s support for those who serve our country. Over the years, the company has found a number of ways to continue their support for our service members through community outreach and most importantly, by encouraging them to consider working for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country.
“We participate in events that the veterans are having and we’ll make donations to events that veterans are having. We also participate in a number of career fairs where there’s a veterans preference where veterans get to come in ahead of other job seekers and visit with us about jobs that we have available. We did just recently honor about 40 veterans with a commemorative Coca-Cola 2018 Veteran special coin and that’s our special recognition that Coca-Cola does for our veterans as well,” said HR Director Bev Morris.
Francis Kaufman served in the U.S. Navy for almost four-years. When he returned home, he fell on some hard times and found himself homeless for a time. Luckily, through the help of Corner Stone Rescue Mission, he was able to get back on his feet and that’s when he decided to apply for a job at Coca-Cola, where he now works as a Settlement Coordinator for the company. “I came in and usually I would tend to lie about my past but I said, you know what. I told them exactly what was going on in my life and that I needed somebody to give me a shot and they said yeah we’d love to have you. I enjoy coming to work every day. I love the people that work here. From management on down, they’re all super, super friendly. They don’t make you feel like you’re the new guy. First week I was here people just ca me up and said hey how’s it going?”
Throughout the company, Coca-Cola High Country has about 40 veteran employees that range in positions from warehouse workers, all the way up their Chief Financial Officer and even the founder of the company. “Well I think what we can offer veterans here is a variety of positions and levels of positions based on what skill set and help them as an employer to take that skill set that they developed while serving our country and transfer that into skills for whatever position in the organization,” said Morris.
Coca-Cola High Country wants to continue to support those who have sacrificed so much to serve and protect our country.