OSHA Awards Frito-Lay Grain Handling Site in Gothenburg, NB Top Honor in Agency's Voluntary Protection Program

June 2, 2000



GOTHENBURG, Nebraska - Frito-Lay, Inc. announced today that the company's grain handling facility in Gothenburg, NB received a top honor from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Agency awarded the Frito-Lay facility "Star" status in its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), a self-managed safety regulatory compliance program. This is the first grain facility to be approved as a VPP Star site by OSHA and the fourth Frito-Lay site to receive the VPP Star status.

In recognition of the award, Frito-Lay executives and several federal, state and local government officials attended a flag-raising ceremony on Friday at the grain handling facility in Gothenburg, where more than 200 guests attended. The site is located at 311 Cottonwood Drive in Gothenburg.

"This Frito-Lay facility is an excellent example of a committed team of people who embraces personal health and safety as well as productivity and quality," said Al Bru, Frito-Lay President and Chief Executive Officer, who attended the award ceremony in Gothenburg.

"Since its opening in 1996, this facility has achieved many milestones," Bru said. "The local team has driven a remarkable 45 percent growth by moving from a 350-million-pound site to an operation that now handles 500 million pounds of grain. In addition, there's been a building expansion, continued valuable relationships with the local farmers and state and local officials and now this outstanding recognition of a facility that prides itself on embracing the industry's top safety and health initiatives."

The Voluntary Protection Program is designed to recognize corporate leaders in occupational safety and health. To receive "Star" status, facilities must have injury rates lower than the industry average and have comprehensive safety and health programs that go beyond minimal governmental regulations. Companies submit a detailed application describing their safety and health processes and OSHA conducts a thorough evaluation of the facility. Key elements of the VPP evaluation include management leadership, employee involvement, work site analysis, hazard recognition and control, and safety and health training.

There are more than 600 VPP sites nationwide and in the food manufacturing category, there are 22 "Star" facilities. Frito-Lay has 4 "Star" manufacturing facilities: Beloit, WI; Monroe, WI; Duncanville, TX and 1 grain handling facility in Gothenburg, NB.

Frito-Lay, Inc., headquartered in Plano, TX, is the $11 billion snack food division of PepsiCo, Inc., which is based in Purchase, NY. Frito-Lay is the market leader in half of the world's top 10 snack chip markets with operations in 40 countries and a family of global, multi-billion dollar brands including Lay's Potato Chips, Doritos Tortilla Chips, Ruffles Potato Chips and Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks.