PepsiCo Beverages North America opened its state-of-the-art, 200,000 square foot, custom operations and distribution center on 25 acres on the Southeast side of Indianapolis, Indiana.
According to company officials, “the new facility will enhance PBNA's world-class service to customers in the region and beyond, featuring new innovations in technology and delivery systems that allow for new chilled, direct-to-store delivery. The new technology will help unlock 150 new routes for delivery, and greatly reduce the overall carbon footprint of business operations in the market via mile reduction.”
The $14.5 million investment by Scannell Properties, will be leased by P-America LLC, a subsidiary of PepsiCo Beverages North America, for a period of 10 years. The new facility project has created 30 new jobs and retains 467 full time employees at PBNA facilities located in Indianapolis.
"The innovative new facility will be instrumental in our path to continued growth for our business and our customers' business in Indiana," said Richard Tompkins, President, North Division – PBNA. "We are proud that the PepsiCo business and our 4,000 employees contribute millions to Indiana's economy annually. This facility, in addition to the 15 PepsiCo manufacturing and distribution locations around the state of Indiana, is a strong testament to our teams' passion and commitment to succeed on every level."
"We applaud PepsiCo's announcement today, including the impact it will have on Indianapolis through the creation of new jobs and expansion of their local footprint, as well as their support of a critical social service agency on the front line of the pandemic," said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. "Indianapolis has a long legacy of private/public partnerships and PepsiCo is building upon that, growing their business operations while investing in their neighbors during this difficult time."
In addition to the new sales and distribution center, PepsiCo also announced a $30,000 grant to the Gleaners Food Bank – Feeding America Program in Indiana as part of a continued effort to help combat the devastating effects of COVID-19. Funding for Gleaners Food Bank will support the company's Summer Feeding Program, which will distribute family meal boxes consisting of 25 pounds of shelf-stable grocery items to families in need throughout the Indianapolis community.
"Through PepsiCo's recent grant, Gleaners Food Bank will provide family meal boxes to 1,500 families in need throughout Marion County," said John Elliott, Gleaners President and CEO. "Food has always been at the heart of PepsiCo's business, and we're appreciative of their local efforts to bring food and access to food during this incredibly difficult time."