Marion Hatchery to Pepsi MidAmerica
See how we went from delivering chicken eggs to serving drinks to the entire MidAmerican region.
In 1985, Marion Pepsi had branch distribution centers in 5 states: Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. Pepsi maintained over 180 sales routes, over 30 fleet of vehicles, and provided employment for over 500 men and women.
Marion Pepsi has led the high tech revolution in the soft drink bottling industry. In 1985 it began a major computerization of all aspects of its business including sales, marketing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, payroll and inventory.
Crisp Container was opened in 1997 as a 100,000 square foot plastic bottle manufacturing plant on Skyline Drive in Marion which serves some bottling and freight needs for PMA and others.
PMA continues to improve as a company including adding full-line vending through most of the region and an in-house Priority Care center for co-workers and their families. We hope that the best of what we do here will continue to pour over into the lives of others in our MidAmerican region for years to come.
Generations of Leaders
He followed his father’s example of community involvement. His range of civic participation includes distinguished positions of leadership on a variety of local, state and national organizations. In January of 1982, the Marion Chamber of Commerce named him as Marion’s “Man of the Year.”
Under both the tenure of Harry L. Crisp, Sr., and Harry L. Crisp II, the changes in the soft drink industry and Marion Pepsi have been great. The Marion Company has grown into the largest individually owned Pepsi bottler in the US. The plant has been greatly expanded and the number of products has more than doubled. The numbers of jobs are three times what they were in 1975. The company kept pace with the vast market of sugar free and fruit juice added products, having a larger selection of these than all its competitors combined.
Making More than Soda
Pepsi MidAmerica is made up of amazing men and women who created this remarkable history. We have a tradition of naming our buildings after many of our long-term teammates.