PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay invests $235M to expand Connecticut operations

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Frito-Lay will expand its existing manufacturing facility and warehouse and add two new Cheetos manufacturing lines.

Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo and a leading snack manufacturer, is embarking on a $235 million expansion project Killingly, Connecticut manufacturing site, where the company plans to create 120 new jobs.

Frito-Lay’s Killingly site began operations in 1980 with just 200 employees, and currently employs approximately 740 full-time associates at the site.

Governor Lamont said, “What is particularly significant is the fact that much of this growth is coming from companies like Frito-Lay that already have a presence here and know first-hand the benefits of doing business – and investing – in Connecticut.”

Through the project, Frito-Lay will expand its existing manufacturing facility and warehouse, as well as add two new Cheetos manufacturing lines. This is the first time that Cheetos will be manufactured by Frito-Lay in Connecticut.

The building expansion is set to begin in spring 2022 and the project is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2024. The project will require local zoning approval, and the Town Council will receive an informational presentation of the project from Frito-Lay at its Special Town Council Meeting on the evening of 12, May 2021.

Connecticut Innovations, the state’s strategic venture capital arm, is supporting the project by providing up to $5.5 million in sales and use tax exemptions on capital equipment and construction materials.


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