The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on August 23, 1975 · 3
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The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia · 3

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Saturday, August 23, 1975
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THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Sat., Aug. 23, 1975 J. CITE AIRPORT J-S5 RELOCATION PACT ack Caucus Urges State Require Joint Ventures By CLAUDIA TOWNSEND I". Members of the legislative black : caucus said Thursday they want the state to begin requiring "joint ventures" to boost black participation in ; state contracts, beginning with the $13.5 million airport relocation of I-J5. Eut Gov. George Busbee said he '- "could not sanction any state mandate " requiring that all firms and corpora ; tions have joint ventures or consorti-urns with any group in order to bid on ' state projects." At a morning press conference, '.' state Rep. Billy McKinney, D-Atlanta, flanked by black caucus chairman Ben Brown and Rep. Mildred Glover, said the caucus intends to make the 1-85 project the "first test of this joint-venture concept" The caucus members charged that black firms are participating in only one-half of 1 per cent of Georgia's total contracts, adding: "We cannot allow the state to continue to operate in this fashion." "Our concern is to get the governor and state officials attuned to joint ventures," Brown said. "We're concerned about the black businessman having an opportunity to participate in the process. "We are supportive of what the mayor and the city of Atlanta have done with this concept We hope the state will be generous enough to follow that route." "It is not inconceivable to me that the time will come when white-owned and minority-owned firms will team up to bid for state business," the governor said. "It is not up to me as governor to dictate the composition of any consortium seeking to do business with the state or to solicit bids from any individual firm or group of firms. "It is important to me that all firms, including those owned by minority interests, have equal opportunity to bid on state business including building and highway construction contracts," he continued. "However, in these times of tight state revenue, it is my primary responsibility to see that state government gets the most for the taxpayers' dollar from firms with established capability for delivering a quality product on schedule." McKinney charged Friday that there was "deviousness" involved in the letting of the 1-85 contract and threatened to go to court if necessary to insure black participation in the project He accused Marietta contractor C.W. Matthews, the successful bidder on the project, with hiring a black subcontractor, Dave Parrish Hauling Co., then firing the firm after getting the massive highway contract. "He used that firm to get the contract then excluded them," McKinney said. But Bob Matthews, president of C.W. Matthews Co., said the black sub contractor was never actually hired, and the subcontractor's bid on the portion of the 1-85 contract was rejected because it was not the low bid. "It is our policy to use the lowest price a subcontractor submits," Matthews said. "If his price had been low, he would have been used. In all fairness to the people that give as prices, we're honor-bound to select the lowest price that comes in." State Transportation Commissioner Tom Moreland said Friday that he contacted the Matthews firm after hearing complaints from legislators about the 1-85 contract' and that the firm's explanation of the black subcontractor situation was "satisfactory." At present Matthews said, there" are no black subcontractors working on the $13.5 million project, though there are black minority firms working on other Matthews projects. The black caucus members present at Friday's press conference were reluctant to discuss the controversy that has surrounded the City of Atlan-ta'sdecision to require joint ventures. "It's not for me to get into the evaluation of how the Atlanta joint ventures were arrived at," Brown said. "Our concern is the concept. It is a good one-it has worked in other states." Coke Buys 'Parent Bottler' By DeWITT ROGERS Conilllulion Business Writer The Coca-Cola Co. paid $35 million in cash Friday to buy the Thomas company of Chattanooga, Tenn., the last of the independent "parent bottlers" through which Coca-Cola had sold syrup to its local bottlers. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (Thomas) Inc., as it was officially called, did not actually bottle the soft drink. Under provisions of a contract signed in 1899, it had been given the right to buy syrup from the Coca-Cola Co., the Atlanta-based soft drink giant, and then resell it to bottlers in a specific region of the country. The" agreement by which Coca-Cola bought the contract ..rights of the little-known "parent bottler" was announced last October, but was not finalized until this week. The acquisition will allow the Coca-Cola Co. to sell syrup directly to all of its bottlers. The Thomas company was founded at the turn of the century by two Chattanooga businessmen Benjamin F. Thomas and Joseph Whitehead. Legend has it that they paid only $1 to Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola, for the exclusive right to sell his already - popular secret-formula syrup to bottlers. At that time, according to a company spokesman, Candler, felt strongly that Coke's real future was as a drink to be prepared at drugstore fountains, and he didn't put much faith in the bottling business. But Thomas and Whitehead actively sought out individuals 'all over the country who set up locally owned and operated companies to bottle and market Coke. The Thomas company acted as a middle-man for syrup sales, buying syrup at a 12.5 cent discount per gallon from Coca-Cola. Through a long series of' business deals, Thomas and Whitehead eventually sold the contract rights for some parts of the country to six other .companies. These "parent bottlers" served the same function as the Thomas company and also had overall marketing and quality control responsibilities in their territories. They sold only Coke and 'none of Coca-Cola's other recently developed products. ; Each "parent bottler" had a 'specific ,. region, but the .Thomas company kept the largest territory for itself ad 'area that stretched . from Rome, Ga. north along the Eastern Seaboard to New York and west to Indiana.. That region included a fourth of the 800 bottlers in the. country and served almost 40 per cent of the U.S. population.-'.,.'; -,.; Beginning about 50 years ago, the Coca-Cola bottling " company began buying up the ."parent bottlers" in what a company spokesman said was an effort to consolidate operations and "simplify the lines of communication." Medic Gets Year in Jail In Tax Case An Atlanta-area doctor Friday was sentenced to one year in federal prison to be followed by three years probation for failing to file income tax returns. The U. S. attorney's office identified him as Dr. Emil V. Spillman III of 1631 Timber-lake Road in Kennesaw. ';' The physician pleaded guilty in June to three counts of willful failure to file the .returns for the years 1968, 1969 and 1971, though he had income of more than $294,000. ; Spillman, 44, is a graduate of Emory University's medical school and a specialist in medical hypnosis. 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