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Chesterman Coca-Cola

Chesterman Company

While proudly serving Coca-Cola since 1904, Chesterman Company is an independently owned and operated Coca-Cola Bottling Company based out of Sioux City, Iowa.

Our primary objective is to be a premier beverage and food service company in the markets we serve! With our production facility in Sioux City, Iowa we have been making quality beverages for the Midwest since 1872 and supplying them from eight distribution centers across Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota.

Mission Statement

Our primary objective is to be a premier beverage and food service company in the markets we serve. To accomplish this objective, we aspire to be governed by the following beliefs:

Our employees, as individuals are our most valuable resource, and as a team, our source of competitive advantage. Both individual potential and teamwork must be developed through building a staff of highly skilled people that provide excellence in production, marketing, sales and service.

Our customers determine the fate of our organization. We strive to build and retain relationships with our customers by providing the highest quality goods and services in the beverage and food industries.

We must work as partners with our communities, making them better places to live. The communities in which we conduct business should feel that a meaningful contribution has been made by our presence.

In order to provide excellent financial results, we will work to produce a high level of profitability, emphasizing the proper balance between short-term performance and consistent long-term growth.

Company History

Chesterman Co. has its production center in Sioux City, Iowa, with Iowa sales centers in Sioux City and Aurelia, Iowa sales centers in Sioux Falls, Yankton, Mitchell, Pierre and Watertown, South Dakota; Kearney, Nebraska and Macomb, Illinois.

Cilo Chesterman founded the company in 1872 in Dyersville, Iowa. Chesterman Co. was a pioneer in the bottling industry in the United States, making its own sweetened soda water. Unsweetened carbonated water was first bottled in Europe in the late eighteenth century and spread quickly to the United States in the mid nineteenth Century. It was thirty-seven years after soda water was first brought to this country that Cilo Chesterman started bottling it in Dyersville.

In 1904, as Cilo’s son, C.B. Chesterman, was taking responsibility at the firm. Cilo took what later turned out to be a most important step, he added a drink called Coca-Cola. The new product did not do well at first and was discontinued for three years. However, by 1919, both the bottling business, and the restaurant supply business were growing so rapidly that C.B. (his friends called him Ben, while everyone else called him C.B.) built a brand new facility on Bluff Street in Sioux City, Iowa.

By the 1940’s, the next generation of Chestermans was taking over the reigns of the company. C.B.’s son, Cy B., along with his sister, aunt, brother-in-law and cousin, managed the daily operations of the company for several decades. Cy B’s son, Cy W., began his career in management in the 1970’s and was elected president upon Cy B.’s death in 1989. Current management includes a fifth generation of the Chesterman family, Cy W. Jr and Jay Chesterman.

The original Sioux City franchise area has expanded over the years through several acquisitions. Since 1985, growth through acquisition has been rapid and steady. The total Chesterman Coca-Cola territories now include more than 900,000 people living in Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Illinois communities. The Sioux City production center fills over 10 million units of bottles, cans, premix, and post mix syrups on four production lines.

In 1994, Chesterman Co. re-entered the fast growing bottled water category (the company had its own brand of bottled water in the early 1900′s) by acquiring a small water company in southern Minnesota operated under the brand name of Kandiyohi. Through a series of successful acquisitions the new company, Premium Waters Inc., now operates seven production centers producing all types of premium still (non-carbonated), spring, purified and distilled bottled waters for customers across the United States.

Premium Waters, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota sells five gallon, one gallon and smaller PWI bottle packages to customers ranging in size from individual homes up to the largest retailers in the country.

The total Chesterman Co./Premium Waters family of employees now includes over 1,200 individuals working hard every day to ensure our success.