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Edmond P. Severns Jr.  

E.P. Severns Jr. President & Treasurer, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Kokomo, Indiana, Inc; A director of Central Bank, K okomo; Howard County Redevelopment Commission (Chrysler) (1 year term) dated 27 Jan. 2006 s/o Edmond Paul & Barbara (Beeson) Severns

Feb 12, 2008 Rep. Buck Honors Coca-Cola Bottling Company

    (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 12, 2008 - A concurrent resolution honoring the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Kokomo for achieving the milestone of 100 years in business was presented in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) Monday. Rep. Buck was the House sponsor of the resolution, and Sen. Jeff Drozda (R-Westfield) was the Senate author.

    "Coca-Cola in Kokomo has served this state for 100 years," said Rep. Buck. "The Severns family has served this state enormously well. I can't think of one charitable organization in this state, and in our community, that they haven't helped. They have been generous in all sorts of ways using their products, their time and their talents across our community."

    In 1886, Coca-Cola was founded, and in 1907, the company signed a franchise agreement with a group in Logansport. In 1932, this group combined with bottling plants from Kokomo and Peru to form one organization.

    Edmund, Frank and Roy Severns purchased the franchise in 1935, beginning the family's involvement with Coca-Cola. In 1947, E.P. Severns began working at the plant, where today, at age 77, he arrives at work at 7:30 a.m. every day. His son, Craig Severns serves as the general manager of Coca-Cola and has been a part of the business for more than 30 years.

    The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Kokomo provides products to 13 surrounding counties within a 40-mile radius and distributes approximately 1.9 million cases per year.

November of 2007, Craig Severns went to the Indiana State House where he was presented with the Governor's Century Business Award in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the original franchise agreement

Kokomo Howard County Developement Corporation site is found Nov 8, 2008: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. shifted from bottling to product distribution in 2005, it has remained a pillar of the Kokomo community for a century. Owner and President E.P. Severns is a board member for a number of local organizations, including the Kokomo-Howard County Development Corporation and Central Bank. His son, Craig Severns, is the General Manager of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. In addition to his duties with the company, he is a board member of the United Way of Howard County, Salin Bank and Partners in Education. Both E.P. Severns and Craig Severns serve on the Hoosier Beverage Association Board of Directors.

Craig Severns states, “We are very proud to celebrate the 100th year of our franchise. We want to thank our employees and our former employees. They have made this possible.”

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