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Salisbury Pepsi Celebrates 100 Years of Bottling

RALEIGH, NC, June 2, 2015 -

Salisbury, MD June 1, 2015 - Today Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC celebrated 100 years of beverage manufacturing in Salisbury, Maryland with an employee and family picnic at Winterplace Park Pavilion. Nearly 200 employees, family members, company officials, local, state, and county dignitaries were in attendance to commemorate the occasion.

It all began over 100 years ago when Lewis Morgan, a recent immigrant from Wales, came to America in pursuit of the American dream. He intended to start a business and set out for Salisbury, North Carolina and in an interesting twist of fate, purchased a train ticket for Salisbury, Maryland by accident. After first establishing a plumbing business, he later added The Whistle Beverage Company his portfolio. After several years he passed the beverage business to his son, William, who had some success with brands such as Whistle, Whiz, and Wang. After 20 years in the business, he reached a deal to distribute Pepsi-Cola products and the company was soon re-named The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Salisbury, MD. Over the years, William Morgan, and then later his son-in-law, Dick Hazel and children, Colleen and Morgan, continued to invest and grow the business. In 2004, the Hazels decided to sell the business to Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC (PBV) of Raleigh, NC.

“Over the last decade we have been delighted to be part of the community here in Salisbury to continue the legacy begun by the Morgan and Hazel families,” stated Paul Finney, President and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Ventures. “We thank the City, County, and State for your commitment to our business and we are grateful for the foresight of Mr. Lewis Hazel so many years ago,” he said.

Jim Ireton, Mayor of Salisbury, also stated, “We appreciate the commitment shown by Pepsi to be in this community and their choice to stay in our city as a provider of good, stable jobs for the citizens of Salisbury.” Mayor Ireton later declared May 30th as “Pepsi Day” in the City of Salisbury.

Proclamations were given to PBV on behalf of the City, County and the State by officials representing each of those entities.

In this section of the Pepsi Bottling Ventures website, you can reference our news releases.

Press Releases

22 May 2015
Pepsi Bottling Ventures' awarded The Market Transformation Award from The City of Raleigh

22 May 2015
Pepsi Bottling Ventures' Given Award from City of Raleigh Human Relations Commission

20 April 2015
Pepsi Bottling Ventures' Will Build New Facility in Cabarrus County

18 February 2015
Pepsi Bottling Ventures’ Jimmy V Vending Machines Raise Nearly $50,000 for The V Foundation.

13 August 2014
Pepsi Bottling Ventures Supports Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s Efforts to Protect Water Quality and Engage Youth in Conservation

19 June 2014:
Pepsi Bottling Ventures a Sponsor of Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series including upcoming Fire in the Triangle

17 June 2013:
Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC finalizes acquistion of five county North Carolina territory – Charlotte

10 January 2013:
Pepsi Bottling Ventures recognized as BEVERAGE INDUSTRY’s BOTTLER OF THE YEAR for 2013

11 November 2012:
PBV supports our Veteran employees and local Veterans groups

06 September 2012:
Pepsi Bottling Ventures and Big Red, Inc., announce Distributor Agreement for the Carolinas

22 August 2012:
Pepsi Bottling Ventures’ Raleigh Production Facility Wins North America Caleb Bradham Platinum Award For 2011

13 July 2012:
Pepsi Bottling Ventures Will Expand Operations In Winston-Salem

24 Feb 2012:
Chris McCool Named Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pepsi Bottling Ventures

01 Jan 2012:
Paul Finney Named President and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Ventures

28 Sept 2011:
PBV of Raleigh, N.C., Named Pepsi-Cola’s Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year

04 December 2009:
Pepsi Bottling Ventures Finalizes Acquisition of South Carolina Bottler

24 June 2009:
Raleigh PBV to receive the 2009 Caleb Bradham Platinum Award

26 January 2009:
Pepsi Bottling Ventures recognized as BEVERAGE INDUSTRY’S BOTTLER OF THE YEAR for 2009

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