For Immediate Release
January 19, 2016
Contact: Sally Hargis, VP Corporate Strategy
417-865-9900, ext. 256
Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company Announces New President And Chief Operating Officer
Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company is pleased to announce the election of Bruce Long to the office of President and Chief Operating Officer.
Long has been employed at Ozarks Coca-Cola for 15 years. He began his career with Ozarks as the Corporate Convenience Manager and Corporate Marketing Manager. Prior to being named as President and COO, Long served as the Vice President of Marketing/Business Development. Long has a BS and a Master in Education from Southwest Baptist University (SBU). Before coming to Ozarks, he was the Regional VP of Sales at Teters Floral Products, the Head Baseball Coach at SBU and a Professional Baseball Player for the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies. He is involved with Ridgecrest Baptist Church and is active in several industry organizations.
“It is a privilege to be a part of Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company,” Long said. “Ozarks is a company with strong ties to the community, a strong sense of responsibility and a great deal of integrity. I’m looking forward to the future as our entire team continues to serve this area their favorite beverages.”
About Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company is a third generation, family-owned bottler operating in Missouri for 95 years. Founded by the Rice family in 1920, Coca-Cola products are manufactured in Springfield with sales centers in Springfield, Bolivar and Rolla. Ozarks Coca-Cola was a Top 10 Bottler in 2014, and employs 500 associates. More information about Ozarks Coca-Cola is available at http://cocacolaozarks.com, and a territory map is available at http://cocacolaozarks.com/business/market-area-map.
Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s mission is to bring sparkling moments of refreshment to everyone in the Ozarks with the taste of their favorite soft drinks. We honor the history of our iconic brands in partnership with the Rice and Heer families for 95 years. Our passionate employees add value to their communities every day through meaningful service to customers and providing economic
benefit for all of us.