A Cicero company has just reached a milestone! Clinton’s Ditch Cooperative recently celebrated its 50th year in business. It you don’t know what is produced there, here is the answer: the company packages Pepsi and other beverages at the plant.
The plant, which has almost 200 employees, is named after the Erie Canal, which went by the derogatory nickname “Clinton’s Ditch” after its main proponent, DeWitt Clinton, a former mayor of New York City and governor of the State of New York.
According to Plant Manager, Tom Miller, there were 18 Pepsi bottlers in New York in the mid-60s. About that time, cans were starting come into play. Since the companies could not afford to get into the can business themselves, “they got together, threw in some money, and created one place to do all their can technologies.” Looks like it was money well spent!