Shown above are Governor Jim Justice; Baby Dog; Laura Maxwell, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, PepsiCo Foods North America; Jeff Lester, Scott Depot Zone Operations Manager; and ShaRonda Younger, Frito-Lay’s Regional Vice President.
The new Frito-Lay’s distribution center in Scott Depot celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 9. The $16 million, 70,000 square-foot distribution center is four times bigger than the preexisting one in Poca, and will serve as a replacement for the old center. Over a hundred workers are employed at the center, and twenty-five new jobs were created as a result of the expansion.
Governor Jim Justice and Baby Dog welcomed Frito-Lay to Scott Depot.
“Frito-Lay’s state-of-the-art facility will have a deep impact on Putnam County, including the addition of at least 25 new jobs, and the lives of many hardworking West Virginians,” said Governor Justice. “For decades, Frito-Lay and PepsiCo have witnessed the value that West Virginia brings to their businesses and I’m grateful for their continued multi-million-dollar investment in our economy. Frito-Lay is about so much more than delicious snacks – they’re committed to strengthening the communities where they do business, including right here in Scott Depot.”
“The impact of today and this new $16 million facility cannot be overstated,” said Laura Maxwell, senior vice president of supply chain at PepsiCo Foods North America. “Frito Lay products are found in nearly every pantry across the country, from Fritos to Lays to Cheetos to more, there are few instances when our brands are not along for the ride in life’s most enjoyable moments. Without distribution facilities like Scott Depot, and the more than one hundred West Virginians who work here, that simply would not be possible. This facility is more than four times the size of our previous Poca facility and it serves as a critical hub here in the Atlantic region.”
In addition to the grand opening, two Frito-Lay’s trailers featuring Chester Cheetah and bearing the words “Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” were christened with their own ribbon cutting ceremonies.
Frito-Lay products are manufactured in Charlotte, Wooster, and Lynchburg, and then shipped to Scott Depot. After that, the snacks are organized, loaded onto trucks, and then delivered to stores for customers to enjoy.