OSHA Awards Frito-Lay Manufacturing Site In Visalia, Ca Top Honor In Agency's Voluntary Protection Program

October 13, 2000

VISALIA, California - Frito-Lay, Inc. announced today that the company's manufacturing facility in Visalia, CA 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 sixth 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 facility in Visalia, where more than 250 guests attended. The site is located at 2000 North Plaza Drive in Visalia.

"This Frito-Lay facility is an excellent example of a committed team of people who embrace personal health and safety as well as productivity and quality," said Jim Rich, Frito-Lay Vice President of Operations, who attended the award ceremony in Visalia.

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 650 VPP sites nationwide and in the food manufacturing category, there are 25 "Star" facilities. Frito-Lay has 6 "Star" manufacturing facilities: Beloit, WI; Monroe, WI; Duncanville, TX, 1 grain handling facility in Gothenburg, NB, Fayetteville, TN and Visalia, CA.

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.