Posted: Tuesday, 09 October 2012 4:58PM
Coca Cola Bottles
Winona's Coca Cola Bottling Company hosted a special ceremony Thursday at their plant on 102 Franklin St. to commerate the last production line of six-point-5 ounce bottles.
The Winona plant was the last Coca cola plant plant in the nation to bottle coke in the mini bottles and company officials announced this summer they would no longer produce the small returnable glass bottles.
Clinton Kuhlman, President of Winona Coca Cola Bottling, said the small bottles dated back to the early 1930's and thanked all the employees who have helped during the past 80 years.
Winona Mayor Jerry Miller reminisced about his youth in the 1950's and drinking cold Coca Cola after working out at the YMCA.
Winona owner Dan Markle, several local legislators, including Representative Gene Pelowski and State Senator Jeremy Miller, and bottlers from across the Midwest, were in attendance.
The last bottles will be sold for 20-dollars each with the proceeds going to the Lake Winona bike path. A vintage 1940's 6-point 5-ounce glass Coke bottle was auctioned off for the high bid of 2-thousand dollars to another Coca Cola distributor to start off the fundraising effort.