(PHOTOS) PepsiCo breaks ground on $260 million Tucker facility

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond attends the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard in the city of Tucker on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Tucker, GA — PepsiCo broke ground on its $260 million facility in Tucker this week, the start of a two-year construction project. 

PepsiCo Beverages North America is expanding its manufacturing facility by 260,000 sq. ft., and creating 136 new jobs. The expanded plant will increase production five-fold by 2025, making it one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the company portfolio. When it gets up and running, PepsiCo expects to be producing 65 million cases of product per year at the location. 

PepsiCo Plant Director MacKenzie Minyard (center) is joined by DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, to her right, and city of Tucker Mayor Frank Auman, to her left, along with PepsiCo employees and other government and business leaders during the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard in the city of Tucker on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

The food and beverage giant is investing in several Georgia cities, and recently opened an $8.5 million warehouse and distribution facility in Commerce. PepsiCo currently employs 5,240 people across the state.  

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, for every one dollar spent in manufacturing, $2.79 is added to the economy and for every new job, five other jobs are created elsewhere in the supply chain. 

The ceremony included remarks from PepsiCo Plant Director MacKenzie Minyard, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and Tucker Mayor Frank Auman along with an official ground breaking ceremony. 

PepsiCo Plant Director MacKenzie Minyard speaks during the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard in the city of Tucker on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Hundreds of housing units are in the planning and building phase around Tucker. City spokesperson Sonja Szubski said the city “hopes expansions of career wage jobs in Tucker, along with the new and existing housing stock, will give Tucker residents currently traveling out of the city for work the opportunity to find careers closer to home.”

Tax incentives for the project are being provided by the State of Georgia and Decide DeKalb Development Authority, which offered about $15 million in property tax abatements.

Here are more photos from the groundbreaking ceremony:

City of Tucker Mayor Frank Auman attends the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard in the city of Tucker will create 136 new full-time jobs and increase production five-fold by 2025 making it one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the company’s portfolio. Work is expected to be complete in late 2024. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard in the city of Tucker will create 136 new full-time jobs and increase production five-fold by 2025 making it one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the company’s portfolio. Work is expected to be complete in late 2024. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Georgia State Senator Gloria Butler attends the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard in the city of Tucker on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
City of Tucker Mayor Frank Auman speaks during the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Georgia Beverage Association President Kevin Perry (l) and DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond attend the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard in the city of Tucker on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Emory Morsberger, President, Tucker Summit CID attends the groundbreaking for a $260 million expansion of the PepsiCo Beverages North America manufacturing facility at 1644 Rock Mountain Boulevard in the city of Tucker on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

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