September 23, 2021
Our centennial celebration continues with project no. 70: Coca-Cola’s 300,000-square-foot North Branch Facility in Niles, Illinois, completed in 1969.
Located on land that was once part of the Tam O’Shanter Golf Course (famous for hosting the first televised golf tournament in 1953), this facility was part of a greater centralization and expansion program for Coke.
In addition to the massive bottling operations, the plant was also home to a 55,000-square-foot office that served several Coke corporate groups.
When construction of this Epstein-designed and engineered structural steel frame facility was completed, it was the world's largest soft drink bottling plant under one roof.
During the late 60s, Epstein was responsible for designing and engineering more than 10 facilities for Coke.