Plexus Announces Manufacturing Agreement With The Coca-Cola Company

NEENAH, Wis., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Plexus Corp. (Nasdaq: PLXS), announced today that it is partnering with The Coca-Cola Company to manufacture Coca-Cola Freestyle(TM), a new proprietary fountain dispenser that utilizes innovative technology to dispense more than 100 different branded sparkling and still beverages from a single freestanding unit. The Coca-Cola Company will leverage Plexus’ global supply chain, manufacturing solutions and expertise in engineering services to bring this revolutionary product to market. Plexus first referenced this program as a new confidential mechatronics win in its 2008 fiscal year-end earnings press release.

Todd Kelsey, Sr. Vice President-Global Customer Services, commented, “We are excited to add The Coca-Cola Company as a customer in our Industrial/Commercial market sector. We believe this relationship further validates the opportunities that are attainable within the mechatronics space through our sector-based go-to-market strategy. We are focused on the successful launch of this program and look forward to leveraging our Product Realization Services to assist The Coca-Cola Company in the future evolution of this product technology.”

Mike Buseman, Sr. Vice President-Global Manufacturing Operations, added, “We are providing The Coca-Cola Company with an advanced solution that delivers complex supply chain management and integrated manufacturing services from our new mechatronics facility near Appleton, Wisconsin and our Juarez, Mexico facility to deliver a field-ready unit. This program demonstrates our extensive capabilities in mechatronics system manufacturing, an advanced assembly competency that we have been developing over the past several years.”

Dean Foate, President and CEO, added, “This is a significant opportunity for Plexus and aligns with our vision to be the best EMS Company in the world serving the mid- to low-volume, higher mix segment of the EMS market where opportunities for complex mechatronics design, assembly and fulfillment reside. We are delighted that The Coca-Cola Company has chosen Plexus to be one of its trusted partners to bring this exciting new product technology to the market.”

For further information, please contact:

Ginger Jones, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer – Plexus Corp.

920-751-5487 or

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with nearly 500 sparkling and still brands. Along with Coca-Cola(R), recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke(R), Fanta(R), Sprite(R), Coca-Cola Zero(R), vitaminwater, POWERADE(R), Minute Maid(R) and Georgia(R) Coffee. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of nearly 1.6 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that protect the environment, conserve resources and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our Web site at “Coca-Cola Freestyle(TM)” is a trademark of The Coca-Cola Company.

About Plexus Corp. – The Product Realization Company

Plexus ( is an award-winning participant in the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) industry, providing product design, supply chain and materials management, manufacturing, test, fulfillment and aftermarket solutions to branded product companies in the Wireline/Networking, Wireless Infrastructure, Medical, Industrial/Commercial and Defense/Security/Aerospace market sectors.

The Company’s unique Focused Factory manufacturing model and global supply chain solutions are strategically enhanced by value-added product design and engineering services. Plexus specializes in mid- to low-volume, higher mix customer programs that require flexibility, scalability, technology and quality.

Plexus provides award-winning customer service to more than 100 branded product companies in North America, Europe and Asia.