PepsiCo Plans Ona-Scott Depot, West Virginia, Warehouse-Distribution Hubs
A $16.5 million, 100,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility for PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) will be built in Ona and a $16 million, 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art distribution center for Frito-Lay North America in Scott Depot. PepsiCo currently employs nearly 700 people across West Virginia.
“West Virginia’s leadership continues to take bold actions to make the state an attractive place for businesses to operate and we are proud to make such a significant investment as PBNA continues to grow in the region,” said Chuck Dunn, Senior Market Director, PBNA.
Construction is underway on the PBNA facility, which is scheduled to open next month and will distribute millions of cases of beverages, including Pepsi, Gatorade Zero, bubly, Aquafina, and Pure Leaf, per year to customers throughout West Virginia and Kentucky.
“We’ve been present in West Virginia for 40 years and, during that time, we’ve continued to grow and make investments that enable us to provide stable, well-paying jobs to those in the community,” said Starlin Jones, Supply Chain Vice President - Atlantic Region, Frito-Lay North America. “As America’s leading food company, we are excited to make such a significant new investment in Putnam County and that our expanded footprint in the state will enable us to deliver on customer and consumer demand and give back to the communities where we operate.”
The new Frito-Lay facility, which is currently scheduled to open this fall and be fully operational before the end of the year, will replace the current Frito-Lay facility in Poca and, at more than four times the square footage, will significantly expand operations. With a 35-dock capacity, the new facility will nearly double distribution capacity to serve customers in several states and will allow for 10 years of potential growth.
“Through his vision of expanding economic development, Governor Justice has shepherded West Virginia into becoming one of the very best places in the world for major companies to thrive,” West Virginia Department of Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael said. “Pepsi and Frito-Lay are household names; brands that are in just about every fridge and pantry across not only West Virginia, but the entire country. It is an absolute honor for our state to be the home of these great companies’ brand new distribution facilities that are going to provide great jobs for our people and bring prosperity to our state for generations to come.”
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