PepsiCo to invest $180 million in new Gatorade facility

by Eric Schroeder
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TULSA, OKLA. — PepsiCo Inc. plans to invest $180 million to construct a manufacturing and distribution facility that will produce Gatorade Thirst Quencher and Propel Fitness Water in northeastern Oklahoma.

The operation in Pryor, about 45 miles east of Tulsa, will feature a 1.1-million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center and a 400,000-square-foot production area, the company said. The plant is expected to open by September 2007, but some of the 280 positions will be filled by as early as January.

The Pryor plant will be Gatorade’s ninth manufacturing and distribution center. The company is in the process of wrapping up construction on its eight production and distribution facility, which is being built near Wytheville, Va.

"Oklahoma is excited about what this announced plant will mean for the state," said Governor Brad Henry of Tulsa. "The facility in Pryor will bring good-paying jobs and a significant economic impact projected to exceed $5 billion over the next 10 years. In addition, PepsiCo will benefit from a highly skilled workforce known for its unparalleled work ethic and loyalty. This is a win-win for both Oklahoma and PepsiCo."

Gatorade estimated the facility will have a $5 billion to $7 billion impact on the economy over the first 10 years of operation. The facility will service the 6 to 8 state area in the South Central region.

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