Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, has announced an investment of $200 million into the further expansion of its Rosenberg site in Texas, US.
The capital will be used to add two manufacturing lines for its onion-flavoured corn snack brand Funyuns and tortilla chips, as well as increase the capacity in its warehouse.
The expansion is in addition to a $138 million investment in the site announced back in 2019 – which will see Frito-Lay add a new Cheetos line and new seasoning and packaging equipment, and expand its warehouse by late 2021.
The Rosenberg facility currently employs more than 750 full-time plant and fleet associates and produces more than 117 million pounds of snacks per year.
Frito-Lay’s latest project will provide 160 new, full-time jobs and is anticipated to be completed by 2023.
According to the company, the Rosenberg site has the largest footprint of any Frito-Lay facility in Texas, producing snacks for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia, as well as several other parts of the country during peak demand.
“We’ve called Rosenberg home for nearly 40 years. Throughout that time, the support of Fort Bend County has helped us invest in the right areas so that we can continue to grow and provide jobs to the community,” said Laura Maxwell, senior vice president of supply chain, PepsiCo Foods North America.
Vincent Morales, Jr., commissioner at Fort Bend County, said: “Frito-Lay has been a long-time partner in Fort Bend County, coming to Rosenberg in 1982 with about 100 employees.
“They have expanded in Rosenberg over the years, choosing to grow their footprint in our community, and now have more than 700 employees – and that number will go up with this latest expansion. They are active corporate citizens, and one of our larger employers. We are proud of our partnership with Frito-Lay and thank them for their investment in Fort Bend.”
Earlier this year, Frito-Lay announced it was investing $245 million into the expansion of its snack manufacturing site in Connecticut, marking the first time that Cheetos will be made in the state.
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