Bacon (right) honors G&J Pepsi owners TR Gross (far left), Rick Kaplan, (second from left), and Pepsi. Co. USA VP Mario Mercutio (second from right) on the company's 50th anniversary in Columbus
COLUMBUS- State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) this week honored local Pepsi affiliate G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers for 50 years of operating in Columbus.

In recognition of G&J Pepsi's contribution to the central Ohio economy over the last half century, Bacon presented an Ohio Senate commendation to owners TR Gross and Rick Kaplan, as well as Mario Mercurio, the Senior Vice President of Pepsi Co. USA.

"This is an incredible birthday party for G&J Pepsi," said Bacon. "I'm proud to recognize the talented leadership team at G&J Pepsi for their innovative approach to doing business here in central Ohio."

In celebration of the company's 50th anniversary, G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers hosted a free concert in the Columbus Commons featuring band Bastille on Tuesday, July 
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