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Frito-Lay Makes a $100 Million Investment in a Hudson Valley Center

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Frito-Lay announces a new fulfillment center at iPark 84, the former IBM campus and current small business hub in East Fishkill.

It’s official: Frito-Lay is coming to the Hudson Valley. After construction began on movie studios, Amazon facilities, and a host of small businesses in East Fishkill, Frito-Lay announced its plans to build a fulfillment center at iPark 84, the former IBM east campus.

“This is very exciting news, East Fishkill is thrilled to have Frito-Lay build in our community,” said town supervisor Nicholas D’Alessandro in a recent press release. “This development fits perfectly with East Fishkill’s aggressive economic redevelopment plans. Over the past several years I have put forward initiatives that entice companies like Frito-Lay and many others to locate their businesses in East Fishkill. This not only helps East Fishkill but the whole Hudson Valley.”

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The PepsiCo subsidiary plans to invest $100 million in the project, one of the largest initiatives in iPark 84’s history. Plans include a new 150,000-sq-ft advanced fulfillment center. In addition, advanced technologies will enable Frito-Lay to serve retail customers with “customized product portfolios.”

Construction starts in early 2022, creating 80 local jobs in the process. In a similar vein, when the fulfillment center is completed, an additional 80 full-time jobs will be available. Frito-Lay expects the new Hudson Valley facility to be operational in 2024. Hiring commences in 2023, with positions offering an average wage of $50,000. This significant development is a massive boost for Dutchess County.

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“We are excited to welcome Frito-Lay to Dutchess County, furthering the county’s logistics and manufacturing significance in the northeast. The region will benefit from new jobs, and locally the county, town and school district will benefit from new tax dollars, and the added benefit of eliminating a long vacant and blighted site,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. “Moreover, Frito-Lay’s commitment to sustainability, and diversity and inclusion will provide social, environmental, and economic benefits for years to come.”

Community support was a massive draw for Frito-Lay. When searching for the right location for their new fulfillment center, East Fishkill’s commitment to long-term growth stood out. Frito-Lay North America operates from its headquarters in nearby Purchase. Of course, iPark 84 offers unbeatable access to both Route 52 and I-84.

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As for the sort of work that will take place in East Fishkill, the fulfillment center will receive snack products and other food goods from manufacturing centers across the northeast. Affiliate-owned facilities in Aberdeen, Maryland; Kirkwood, New York; Killingly, Connecticut; and Perry, Georgia will all send potato chips, tortilla crisps, and other snacks to Dutchess County. Then, these popular snack items will be distributed throughout the New York metro market.

For almost a century, Frito-Lay has produced fan-favorite brands like Lay’s and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips, multi-grain SunChips, and cheesy Cheetos, among others. Now, these popular items will make a pitstop in the Hudson Valley before heading to the Big Apple and beyond.

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“We appreciate the continued support of Dutchess County and the Town of East Fishkill as they have been essential to this project. Frito-Lay is proud to expand its presence in New York State and become a new member of this community,” says Kathy Alfano, PepsiCo’s Senior Director of Economic Development.

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