1905

The Coca-Cola Franchise for the Springfield MO area is sold to Farmer Beverages. The company operates in the Producers Creamery & Produce building at 545-549 West Phelps

1920

The Rice family purchases the Coca-Cola Franchise and moves from Fulton, KY to Springfield

21

First By-laws for Springfield Coca-Cola are approved at the inaugural meeting. First Board of Directors meeting to elect Officers: EC Rice, President; Dr. SW Paris, Vice-President; CE Rice, Secretary; RM Rice, Treasurer and Mrs. EC Rice, Manager

22

Board of Directors fixes salaries for EC Rice and RM Rice at $225/mo, CE (Earle) Rice at $150/mo

25

Springfield Coca-Cola moves operations to 308-310 West Commercial

Aurora Plant is acquired for 160 shares of Springfield Coca-Cola stock

27

Bolivar Plant sells for $5,000

1930

34

Shareholders receive 5% dividend of $2,685

Springfield Coca-Cola moves to 930 North Clay (the corner of Clay and Central, now part of the Drury campus)

38

Tookie (Virginia) and Cookie (Ed Jr.) become shareholders in the Company

Directors authorize a $6,000 loan from City National Bank of Fulton to build a new garage

1940

The Company sponsored the 1940 Coca-Cola Goodwill Golf Tournament. The men in the front row are Ed Rice (left) and Earl Rice (right).

41

WW2 shortages lead to sugar rationing

45

Ed Heer (pictured here with his wife Virginia Rice) is elected to the Board.

46

$10,000 expansion loan authorized

47

Banking relationship becomes local Union National Bank in Springfield, MO

48

Executive Team & Clay Street Plant

1950

Ed Heer becomes Secretary of the Company and Ed “Cookie” Rice, Jr. is elected to the Board


Springfield Coca-Cola Recreational softball team (1950’s)

1960

Corporate Staff (1960’s)

1970

Ed Rice Jr. is elected President of the Company and R&H Vending is acquired in an all-stock deal

73

Significant capital investments modernize the company’s bottling capabilities, allowing the production of returnable plastic bottles

74

Consultants recommend renovating or replacing the aging North Clay building

First Retirement Plan is implemented for company employees

75

First company computer is purchased, an NCR Century 50 with only 16k of memory

Packer Road property is purchased for the future company location

76

Construction of the new facility begins

77

Springfield Coca-Cola moves to new location on 1777 North Packer Road

79

The Rice family acquires franchise rights for the Rolla/Salem territory and changes its name to Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

1980

82

Diet Coke is launched

87

Celebrating the Dr Pepper Franchise purchase from the Garland Reynolds family

1990

2000

2005

Springfield franchise celebrates 100th year

2010

Celebration for 90 years family owned, 105 years of Coca-Cola in the Ozarks, and Dr Pepper’s 125th anniversary

11

Coca-Cola 125th anniversary celebration

15

Cookie Rice signs papers for the acquisition of the Joplin Coca-Cola territory

16

West Plains territory is purchased

18

Northwest Arkansas territory is acquired

19

Missouri Governor Mike Parson inspecting the new bottling line

2nd, 3rd and 4th generation family owners, ages 19 to 89

2020

Celebrates 100 years as a family owned business on March 20, 2020

2020 marks 700+ employees with a combined total of 5,038 years of service to the company.