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Winona Coca-Cola plant fills last 6.5-ounce bottle


WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A well-known Coca-Cola bottle has reached the end of the line.

Winona Coca-Cola Bottling filled the last 6.5-ounce returnable glass bottle in the country.

The bottle will go to the World Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta, GA.

The Winona plant has been bottling Coke products for 80 years. 14 full-time employees work there and all of them will keep their jobs.

General manager LeRoy Telstad started working at the company in 1983.

"One of my major accomplishments was to learn enough from my father-in-law and it was his father-in-law that built the place to be able to continue this bottling tradition as long as we could," Telstad said.

Winona Coca-Cola Bottling decided to stop filling the bottles because of business costs.

The last 6,000 bottles will be sold in the Winona area to help pay for improvements to a city bike path.



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