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Coke Celebrates 100 Years In Gulfport

Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Gulfport is celebrating the big one - 100 years in business. Thursday, the company threw a birthday bash, complete with the Gulfport High School Band and free Coke products for all the guests.

Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr arrived driving one of Coke's 18-wheelers.

The business opened in 1906. In 1908, the Milner Family took over. To this day, only two people outside the Milner Family have managed it.

The company's vice-president says they'll be around for another century.

"It's a great product. Its the easiest product in the world to sell. It's the most recognized trademark in the world. Its everything that's wholesome, and it's just a fun product to sell," Coca-Cola Vice-President Dirk Barrient said.

The company made two big donations during the celebration. Mayor Warr received a check for $25,000 to help restore Jones Park. Coke also donated about 100 live oak trees to be planted in the park.

The Forest Heights chapter of the Boys & Girls Club received a check for $100,000. The money will go into its building fund for a club house. The new building will cost about $6 million.

Coca Cola will also help sponsor several community events over the next couple of months, including a Halloween festival and a tree give-away.

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