Frito-Lay to put $75M into plant

WARNER ROBINS - Frito-Lay will continue its investment in Houston County as it makes $75 million in improvements to its plant.

The Houston County Development Authority unanimously approved Wednesday a $75 million bond resolution for the snack-food maker. The bond will have no liability to the county and will allow Frito-Lay to receive tax benefit incentives, said Mike Long, the authority's attorney.

"In these times, that's a big investment in this county," authority Chairman Neal Talton said.

Investments at the Kathleen plant will include building and equipment improvements, Frito-Lay spokeswoman Aurora Gonzalez said from the company's Texas headquarters. No new jobs are expected, she said.

The Kathleen plant "is a strong site, and the county has been a good partner," Gonzalez said. "That makes (it) a desirable site to invest in."

The Frito-Lay plant, located on Ga. 247, is one of Houston County's largest employers.

The company added 80 jobs in Houston County in 2009, said Andrea Griner, projects manager for the development authority.

This is not the first time Frito-Lay has reinvested in its Houston County plant. In May 2007, the company announced a $125 million expansion, including a 100,000-square-foot expansion of the bakery.

At the time, the company said the bakery expansion was part of a three-year plan that included additional warehouse space and parking.

Information from The Telegraph's archives was used in this report. To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 256-9705.