PepsiCo Beverages North America and Frito-Lay North America facilities will provide 185 jobs
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (WTRF) —
Governor Jim Justice today announced that PepsiCo Enterprises is investing a total of $32.5 million to build a pair of new, state-of-the-art warehouses and distribution facilities in West Virginia by the end of of 2022.
One will be a $16.5 million, 100,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility for PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) in Ona, WV. The other will be a $16 million, 70,000 square foot state-of-the-art distribution center for Frito-Lay North America in Scott Depot, WV.
Together, the two facilities will employ 185 people in Cabell and Putnam counties, including 25 new full-time warehouse, sales and driver positions available to residents of West Virginia.
“These new facilities will be a game changer for West Virginia and I am beyond excited to celebrate PepsiCo’s exciting expansion in our state,” Governor Justice said. “When you talk about Pepsi and Frito-Lay, you’re talking about the titans of the snack and beverage industries. This is our fifth major economic development announcement in less than two months, and further proof that the rocket ride I promised is real and coming to life every day.
“We are incredibly grateful for everything PepsiCo has done for West Virginia over the years,” Governor Justice continued. “The number of jobs they have provided and the quality they have brought to our communities is second to none, and we are extremely grateful for their continued investment in our great state, not to mention all of the high-paying careers that these facilities will provide for our dedicated and hardworking West Virginians. These state-of-the-art facilities will truly change people’s lives for the better. As Governor, I pledge to do everything in my power to ensure that Pepsi and Frito-Lay have the tools and opportunities at their disposal to succeed in the years ahead because, ultimately, PepsiCo’s success will be West Virginia’s success.”
“Through his vision of expanding economic development, Governor Justice has led West Virginia to become one of the best places in the world for big business to thrive,” said Mitch Carmichael, secretary of the Department of Economic Development. of West Virginia. “Pepsi and Frito-Lay are household names; brands that can be found in almost every refrigerator and pantry not just in West Virginia, but across the country. It is an absolute honor for our state to be home to the brand new distribution facilities of these great companies that will provide great jobs for our people and bring prosperity to our state for generations to come.
Construction is already underway on the PBNA facility in Ona. The facility, slated to open next month, will dispense millions of cases of beverages — including Pepsi, Gatorade Zero, bubly, Aquafina and Pure Leaf — a year to customers in West Virginia and Kentucky. It will also add several new positions to PepsiCo’s workforce in the state, while retaining 80 existing jobs in West Virginia.
PepsiCo currently employs nearly 700 people throughout West Virginia.
West Virginia management continues to take bold steps to make the state an attractive place for business and we are proud to make such a significant investment as PBNA continues to grow in the region,” said Chuck Dunn. , Senior Market Manager, PBNA. “PBNA has been a respected member of the West Virginia business community for many years, and we are excited about the opportunity this new facility will provide as we continue to have a positive impact on the communities where we operate, meet the needs of our valued customers and provide consumers with an iconic line of beverages they love.
The new Frito-Lay facility at Scott Depot, currently scheduled to open this fall and will be fully operational before the end of the year, will replace the current Frito-Lay facility at Poca and, at more than four times the square footage in square feet, will greatly expand operations. With a capacity of 35 docks, the new facility will nearly double distribution capacity to serve customers in multiple states and enable 10 years of potential growth. It will also create 20 new jobs in West Virginia, while retaining 80 existing positions.
“We’ve been in West Virginia for 40 years, and during that time we’ve continued to grow and make investments that allow us to provide stable, well-paying jobs for members of the community,” said Starlin Jones, Supply. Channel Vice President for Atlantic Region, Frito-Lay North America. “As America’s premier food company, we are thrilled to make such an important new investment in Putnam County and that our expanded footprint in the state allows us to meet customer and consumer demand and give back to communities. where we operate.”