Saturday, January 24, 2015



A-Treat Bottling Company closing after 97 years 
Allentown-based soft drink-maker founded by brothers in 1918

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A-Treat is closing its doors after 97 years of manufacturing and distributing soda to the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Company officials informed them of the closure on Wednesday, employees said Friday. 

Berks County-based Redner's Warehouse Markets received notice from A-Treat at 3:45 p.m. Friday that the company has ceased all operations and would make no more deliveries, according to Eric White, a Redner's spokesman.

"What we have on the shelves is what we have available," White said. 

Some A-Treat employees lost their jobs immediately, while others are working their last day Friday, according to employees who spoke with 69 News. 

Employees are not receiving any severance, employees said. 

Rumors of A-Treat closing have been swirling for weeks. 

Repeated requests for an interview with a company official have not been answered. 

On Friday, a company receptionist said the company had no comment. 

According to the company's website, A-Treat was founded in 1918 by Joseph and Jack Egizio in a garage in downtown Allentown. 

A-Treat moved to its current location in 1932. 

The company makes 32 different flavors of soda, according to its website. 

Last year, A-Treat stopped selling its sodas in Walmart. 

At the time, A-Treat Vice President Tom Garvey said Walmart demanded that A-Treat drivers restock shelves in its stores every day. 

As a result of that business decision, Garvey said two drivers were laid off. 

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