COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY OF VANSANT, VA

In Buchanan County, VA, on the road to Grundy, VA, there is a small community known as Vansant, VA. Sitting near the intersection of Big Prater creek and the Levisa River, is a grey building that was the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Vansant, VA. The company started out as the Buchanan Bottling Company, Inc. of Vansant, Virginia around 1949.(1) It changed its name to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Vansant within the same year.(2) This company was a branch plant of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Norton, VA.(3) Upon the death of F. B. Kline, the owner of both the Norton and Vansant plants, in 1970 the stock was willed to William P. Armistead, and William C. Kline, who created the Lonesome Pine Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Norton, VA.(3) This also led to changes to the Vansant plant. Maureen McClanahan, a former employee of the company, tells me that the plant had ceased bottling operations by 1972. In fact her husband, who also worked there, was tasked with tearing out the bottling equipment. So far I have found three different brands that were bottled at this plant at one time, Lonesome Pine Beverages (flavor line), Coca-Cola, and Life (a 7-UP type drink). Today the plant is used for the distribution of Coca-Cola in the area.





Coca Cola of Vansant as it stands today









From the collection of Christopher A. Weide, photo by Christopher A. Weide
11oz Lonesome Pine Beverages bottle dated 1953









From the collection of Frank Anderson, photo by Joseph Lee III
Older Lonesome Pine bottle caps








6oz Coca Cola "in patent office" bottle dated 1953




The bottom of the 1953 bottle








6 1/2 oz Coca Cola "in patent office" bottle dated 1958




The bottom of the 1958 bottle









7oz Sparkling Life bottle dated 1964









10oz Green Lonesome Pine Beverages bottle dated 1964








10 oz Coca Cola "in patent office" bottle dated 1964




The bottom of the 1964 bottle









10oz Lonesome Pine Beverages bottle dated 1965








10 oz Coca Cola "in patent office" bottle no date




The bottom of the bottle









10oz Lonesome Pine Beverages bottle dated 1970



A six pack of Lonesome Pine bottles in their carton



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Biblography:

(1) List of Corporations Organized or Doing Business in Virginia by Virginia. Dept. of Taxation 1949

(2) The Commonwealth Volume 16 published by the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce 1949

(3) The Kingsport Times January 29, 1970


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