Week of April 15, 2002
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100 Jobs in Lynchburg, Va.
LYNCHBURG, Va. Frito-Lay seems to have a case of the munchies when it comes to expanding in Lynchburg, Va.
Growth Part of Strategy to Modernize,Frito-Lay's continued expansions in Lynchburg have increased the plant's current work force to 400 employees. Since opening in 1998, the Lynchburg operation has produced 153 million pounds (69 million kilograms) of snacks.
Consolidate U.S. Manufacturing, Distribution
"We all hope you continue to eat more, because we can make more," Larry Lighthiser, Frito-Lay's Lynchburg operations manager, said at the project announcement, where the company's snacks were readily available.
The Lynchburg plant's continuing growth is part of Frito-Lay's strategy to modernize and consolidate U.S. manufacturing and distribution operations. First announced in January of 1999, that strategy includes concentrating chip-making at the company's newer and more technologically advanced plants.
The Lynchburg manufacturing operation is one of those plants. Other plants in which Frito-Lay is concentrating chip production include new factories in Fayetteville, Tenn.; and Jonesboro, Ark.; as well as older, high-performing plants in Killingly, Conn.; and Perry, Ga.
$400,000 Performance-Based GrantGov. Mark Warner approved a $400,000 performance-based grant for the project from the Virginia Investment Partnership. Frito-Lay now has 13 facilities in Virginia, the governor noted at the project announcement.
"This expansion is great news for the entire Lynchburg region and its skilled work force," Warner said. "Frito-Lay's numerous facilities in our state brand the company as a solid Virginia corporate citizen."
The Virginia Investment Partnership program provides discretionary cash grants to expanding companies that have been in Virginia at least five years. Qualifying projects must meet certain other criteria - one of them being that Virginia is facing out-of-state competition for the expansion.
The 100 new jobs will go toward meeting the performance-based criteria for the $10.5-million state and local incentive package that Frito-Lay was awarded when it first decided to come to Lynchburg. Those incentives require the company to hire 700 workers and invest $125 million at its Lynchburg manufacturing operation by December of 2006.
"When Frito-Lay first came to Lynchburg in 1998, we were expecting great things," said Lynchburg Mayor Carl Hutcherson Jr. "We have not been disappointed."
148 Jobs on Long Island
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. BAE Systems is expanding its operations on Long Island, adding 148 jobs in Huntington, N.Y.
Expansion Coincides with Co-LocationThe expansion announcement comes as BAE Systems is co-locating its two Long Island operations. The process involves moving the company's Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems unit from its current base in Syosset. Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems will co-locate its operation with Advanced Systems on the Greenlawn campus in Huntington.
The two Long Island units, which develop electronic identification devices and infrared navigational systems, currently employ some 650 people. All of those positions will be retained after the co-location is completed, according to company officials.
The expansion project is eligible for a $1-million capital grant from Empire State development, state officials said.
"BAE Systems' investment in Long Island speaks volumes about New York state's outstanding work force and dramatically improved business climate," Gov. George Pataki said. "This announcement reaffirms the fact that our smart economic policies have made New York state a far more attractive and competitive place to do business and create new job opportunities."
The governor also noted the state's No. 3 finish in Site Selection's 2001 Governor's Cup race, which is analyzed in the March issue. (For further details, see "And the Winner Is . . . Illinois!")
"New York state just received its strongest ranking ever in Site Selection magazine - a clear sign that our $100 billion in tax cuts, expanded Empire Zones, and other smart economic policies have established an outstanding environment for private-sector investment and new job creation," Pataki said.
U.S. Plant in West Tennessee
JACKSON, Tenn. UGN has picked a West Tennessee location for its fourth U.S. plant. A joint venture between Japan's Nihon Tokushu Toryo and Switzerland's Rieter Automotive Systems, UGN has picked a 25-acre (10-hectare) site in Jackson, Tenn., for its new operation, which will manufacture automotive soundproofing. The 150,000-sq.-ft. (13,500-sq.-m.) plant will be located in Tiger Jones Technology Park and will employ as many as 200 workers, UGN officials said.
Product Debuted in 2002 LexusRieter Ultra Light was used last fall for the first time by a Japanese automotive company in North America. The material made its North American debut in the 2002 Lexus ES 300. Unlike insulated products that deflect sound, Rieter Ultra Light uses multi-layered materials that absorb sound.
The West Tennessee plant will join UGN's other manufacturing operations in Chicago; Chicago Heights, Ill.; and Valparaiso, Ind. The Chicago-based company also has an engineering, design and testing center in Farmington Hills, Mich.
UGN's newest production addition in Jackson will open in late 2002 or early 2003, company officials said.
The new operation won't be the West Tennessee city's first Toyota connection. Araco Corp., which makes seats exclusively for Toyota, last summer announced a U.S. joint venture with Johnson Controls that's based in Jackson. In addition to being the enterprise's headquarters base, Jackson is also the chosen location for the Araco/Johnson Controls joint venture's $30-million-plus operation producing metal auto parts. Like UGN, the Araco/Johnson Controls chose a site in Tiger Jones Technology Park.
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