PepsiCo Beverages North America, a division of PepsiCo, is opening a new $8.5 million, 172,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in Commerce, Georgia.
The full-scale distribution center will create 50 new jobs, including product pickers (order fulfillment), forklift operators, CDL-A drivers, inventory specialists and checkers. It will distribute almost 6 million cases of beverages, including Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Bubly, Aquafina, and Pure Leaf, per year across 26 routes to customers in 28 counties, a capacity increase that will be felt throughout Gainesville, Rome, Athens, Stone Mountain and Atlanta.
“We are excited to welcome PepsiCo, one of the leading national brands, as the newest corporate citizen of Commerce,” said Commerce Mayor Clark Hill III. “We appreciate the investment in our city and in the lives of our residents.”
An opening event and ceremonial ribbon cutting will be held on June 16 with representatives from PepsiCo and the city of Commerce in attendance.
“This new facility is an integral next step in our recent expansion in the state of Georgia,” said Darcy Arata, Senior Vice President, Operations PBNA South Division. “Our Commerce facility will increase our capacity and productivity in the state, enabling PepsiCo to better service the needs of our customers across key counties in northern Georgia and give them the great beverages they love while creating job opportunities on the ground.”
This announcement builds on the $260 million expansion of the PBNA manufacturing facility in the city of Tucker earlier this year, resulting in over 425 new jobs. In the span of three years, PBNA, through its operating subsidiaries, has committed $268 million of capital in the state of Georgia. PepsiCo currently employs 3,450 people across Georgia.