PepsiCo begins expansion in Tucker

PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) broke ground on a $260 million investment in the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Tucker on Aug. 10. Officials said the expansion will create at least 136 new full-time jobs and increase the company’s total workforce in DeKalb County to more than 600 full-time jobs.

According to a press release, PBNA will expand its facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard by more than 260,000 square feet. PepsiCo officials said the expansion has an expected completion date of “late 2024.”  

The press release states that the expanded manufacturing plant will increase production five-fold by 2025, which will make the Tucker plant “one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the company portfolio.”

PepsiCo officials said the facility expansion will:

  • Create 136 new jobs – including driver, production operator, and mechanic positions.
  • Provide more opportunities for employee career growth by creating and providing training for higher skilled jobs.
  • Produce 65 million cases of product per year, five times the amount of the current facility.

PBNA officials also said the facility will help PepsiCo better serve metro Atlanta.

“This expansion will greatly increase PBNA’s production serving nearby Atlanta and the wider Georgia region to continue the growth of our business and customers in the area,” said PBNA Chief Supply Chain Officer Karen Jordan. “We are proud to increase our footprint locally as a supplier, producer, and employer, bringing with us our gender equity and sustainability mission to create positive change.”

Since 2020, PepsiCo officials said the company and its operating subsidiaries have committed $468 million of capital in the state of Georgia and created approximately 400 new jobs.

When the Tucker facility’s expansion was announced in March, Tucker Mayor Frank Auman said the expansion and the resulting jobs created “will have a significant and ongoing impact here in Tucker for years to come.”

“We work hard to attract new business to Tucker, but it’s even more important to retain our existing businesses. When a leader like PBNA doubles down here with an investment of this scale, it speaks highly of Tucker’s efforts, and we’re proud to support them in every way we can,” said Auman.

Tucker Mayor Frank Auman (pictured) and DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond spoke at PepsiCo’s recent groundbreaking. Photos provided

According to DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, the expansion is a sign of the competitive landscape for economic development in DeKalb and throughout Georgia.

“We are delighted that PBNA has decided to deepen the roots they have planted here in DeKalb County,” added Thurmond. “We are proud to be a part of this exciting public/private partnership that will spur job creation and economic growth.”

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