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Coke Distribution Center crosses the river into Brunswick Co.

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The Coca-Cola Distribution Center on Princess Street in Wilmington is moving to Brunswick County.

The director of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, Jim Bradshaw, confirmed the move Friday morning.

The distribution center will move to 2210 Mercantile Drive in the Leland Industrial Park.

With Brunswick County boasting the third lowest tax rate in the state, Coca-Cola isn't the first to make the move across the river and it could be something we'll be seeing much more often.

Matt Dean and his father moved Dean Hardwoods from Wilmington to Leland a few years ago.  While they sometimes miss their old factory on the river, they don't miss some other aspects of running a business in New Hanover County.

"You do have land issues there, and you have tax issues there," said Dean.  "Most of our employees actually don't live in Wilmington. They live in Whiteville or Bolivia, so it's closer for them. It's less expensive for them to live over here."

The head of the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission says everyone is in the same region and development groups reach across the bridge and beyond for the benefit for the entire area.

"We're not actively going out to bring business to Brunswick County from Wilmington -- we're responding to requests from them," said Exec. Director Jim Bradshaw. "The growth in Wilmington is headed South to Brunswick County."

Scott Satterfiled, the head of Wilmington Industrial Development, said he didn't seem too worried about Brunswick County's growing influence.  He said, "the rising tide floats everybody's boat."

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