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    Frank P. "Perk" Tyler began an ice cream and ice business in Villisca, Iowa around 1905. In 1909 he sold the business to sons Royal, Harry, and Henry Tyler who, in 1915, expanded the business by producing soda named "Tyler's Flavors."

    Soda and ice cream sales were so strong that year that they expanded their building to include a bottling room connected to their ice cream plant. Sadly, the addition was lost to a fire that same year. In 1916, the brothers purchased a creamery in Clarinda, Iowa. In the creamery's safe they found a franchise contract for Coca-Cola. The Tyler’s had heard of this product and its success elsewhere, but Iowans weren't familiar with it. The Tyler’s began making Coca-Cola, adding a few bottles to the cases of Tyler's Flavors. In no time, Iowans were requesting more Coke.

    In 1923, Royal sold his interest to Harry and Henry, who continued expanding the business by purchasing four additional bottling companies in Shenandoah, Atlantic, and Creston, Iowa and Grand Island, Nebraska. In 1929 they acquired the franchise rights for the Atlantic plant to bottle and distribute Coca-Cola.

    By 1930 the Tyler Brothers had sold their ice cream business and turned their focus to soft drinks. In 1949, Harry and Henry divided their business by drawing straws. Harry got Atlantic and Creston; Henry got Shenandoah and Grand Island.

    Harry's son Jim was managing the company by 1958. They served customers in a 60-mile radius of Atlantic with Coca-Cola, 7-Up and Tyler's Flavors products. At this time the company had 16 employees; ten years later there were 40 employees and the company had added Squirt, Dr. Pepper, Frostie Root Beer, and Tab and Like to its lineup.

    On April 1, 1975, Atlantic Bottling purchased the Des Moines area Coca-Cola franchise, and burgeoned the brand's presence and popularity. This was accomplished in large part due to Jim's son, Kirk Tyler, who was placed in charge of sales for the company in 1981.

    By the late 1980's, the growth of Coca-Cola in Des Moines required more space than the Tyler's existing facility could hold, and in 1989 the Des Moines operation moved into its warehouse and sales center on Hickman Road in Waukee. In 1991 Kirk Tyler was named President of Atlantic Bottling Company, and Jim became Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    Three generations of the Tyler family have built and continue to expand on "delivering the refreshment" of Coca-Cola and related products to customers throughout the Atlantic Bottling Company's franchise territories.

    See pictures on our Company History page.

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