Coca-Cola is a large part of ABCO’s history as the majority of the business in 1977 was syrup packaging, material handling, and controls in the Coca-Cola Fountain plants.
In the beginning, ABCO provided all the electrical maintenance and new construction for the Greensboro Coca-Cola syrup plant, including maintenance of conveyor systems, automatic syrup mixing controls, packaging equipment, boiler, heating, air-conditioning, public address systems, burglar and fire alarms, emergency lighting, refrigeration controls, pumps and motor controls and others. Because of the way Coke staffed its new plants, we had the opportunity to work with corporate engineers and employees from other facilities. Coke gave us the opportunity to do business in other locations and started a series of events that would grow ABCO from a few employees to roughly 120 today.
Over time, as ABCO learned and understood Coke’s needs, small machines, such as labelers, label removers, degassers, and manual fillers, were developed and put in production at various Coke locations. These small machines were popular and with the controls work going well, we started to see larger opportunities which included container packaging lines to be installed in almost every major Coca-Cola Fountain plant in the country. Other early projects included a truck washing and sanitizing unit, a chemical feeder system, and a control system that included the first solid state programmable controller installed in the Greensboro Coke plant.
Today, ABCO has provided filling machines for various consumer products including coffee, dairy, concentrates, water, wine, syrup, and tea.