$70M Expansion for Frito-Lay Frankfort

PepsiCoʼs Frito-Lay will be investing $70 million dollars towards its Frankfort plant.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 6:12 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 5:24 AM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay announced that it will invest $70 million towards its Frankfort plant. The addition will provide 45 new jobs throughout Clinton County.

Frito-Lay said it is looking for highly skilled IT positions as well as entry-level factory associates.

Frito-Lay has been involved with the Frankfort community since 1980, providing some associates with more than 30 years of employment.

Clinton County Economic Development Director Shan Sheridan said Frankfort is the perfect place for the company to expand.

"We have a work ethic here in the Midwest," said Sheridan. "People come to work, and they want to work. They have great careers. We have people out at Frito-Lay that have been there since Frito-Lay opened their doors."

Community Development Director Annie Bacon said just last year the company invested $159 million toward the plant.

"The fact that they are back again this year tells us that they believe that investment is paying off, that they have an excellent plant, and this is a community that welcomes growth and expansion," said Bacon.

The new investment will focus on expanding the plant and adding a new snack line.

Frito-Lay has been coined as the largest producer of snack foods in the U.S., employing more than 1,000 full-time associates in Frankfort.

Owner of Heathers Flowers, Heather Wright, said it might even help her business.

"It brings people to live in our community. It brings people to dine at restaurants in our town, and it helps small business. Even though they're a big business, it is a continual cycle for all of us here in the community," said Wright.

Frito-Lay operates 30 snack production lines, 17 of which are produced in Frankfort.

"I think this is a benefit to the city of Frankfort because not only does it bring more jobs to our community but it strengthens our partners with other corporations," said Bacon.

Frito-Lay said later this month, it will be holding a job fair. Construction for the new addition begins in October. It's expected completion will be in the spring of 2021.

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