Frito-Lay, leading snack manufacturer and a division of PepsiCo, announced June 8 it will be adding two new manufacturing lines and increasing its warehouse capacity to enable future growth.
The additions will cost Frito-Lay $200 million—the second investment Frito-Lay has made in the facility since 2019 when the company invested $138 million to add a new Cheetos line, a warehouse, and new seasoning and packaging equipment. The 2019 investment is still under construction and is expected to be completed later this year.
“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, in a press release. “The Rosenberg site has the largest footprint of any Frito-Lay facility in Texas, producing snacks for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia, and several other parts of the country when we hit times of peak demand. We thank Fort Bend County for bringing investments like this to life.”
The new manufacturing lines would be producing Funyuns and tortilla chips and—combined with the increased warehouse capacity—will bring 160 new, full-time jobs. The facility has more than 750 full-time employees and produces more than 117 million pounds of snacks per year.
“Frito-Lay has been a long-time partner in Fort Bend County, coming to Rosenberg in 1982 with about 100 employees,” said Vincent Morales, Fort Bend County Precinct 1 commissioner, in the release. “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.”
The project is expected to be complete by 2023.