Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC announced Monday plans for a $35 million production expansion of its Union Cross Business Park facility in Winston-Salem.
The expansion involves a new bottling line that the company said “will improve efficiencies in ... manufacturing operations by optimizing production capacity.”
The bottler said it will add up to 10 production jobs with the expansion, which is projected to start in 2023 and be operational by the end of 2024.
Pepsi Bottling said it has a current workforce of 544 in the 526,320-square-foot building at 390 Business Park Drive.
The line will be focused on many of the bottler’s largest growing brands, including Aquafina, Lipton Tea, and its own beverage brand Nature’s Twist.
“This investment is a promise to our customers and consumers that we will continue to meet their beverage needs and demonstrates our long-term commitment to the region and the state,” said Derek Hill, the bottler’s president and chief executive.
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“This investment allows us to continue operating at our best and ensures stable and well-paying jobs for years to come.”
The new bottling line would produce millions of cases of beverages per year, as well as manufacture bottles made from 100% recycled material.
“Running our operations responsibly and sustainably is paramount,” said Matthew Bucherati, PBV’s senior vice president of operations & supply chain.
“This new line incorporates the latest bottling technology, allowing us to keep up with demand while remaining good stewards in communities where we operate.”
When Pepsi Bottling committed to the 390 Business Park Drive facility in 2012, it said it would spend at least $81.7 million on new equipment and property over seven years.
The company said it would retain its local workforce of 307 with the 2012 expansion, but it did not say how many new jobs would be created. In a 2012 legal economic-incentives notice filed by the Forsyth Board of Commissioners, the company said it would add at least 198 jobs.
In return, the company was made eligible for nearly $1.74 million in local incentives — $1 million from the city of Winston-Salem and $737,582 from the county.
In February 2021, the 390 Business Park Drive facility, which sits on 51.5 acres, was sold for nearly $35 million to a Chicago-based affiliate of Griffin Capital Real Estate Co. of El Segundo, Calif.
In 2021, the bottler began operating at 295 Business Park Drive in a 315,444-square-foot building for warehouse space to meet increased storage needs.