OSHA Awards Frito-Lay Manufacturing Site in San Antonio, Texas Top Honor in Agency's Voluntary Protection Program

May 11, 2001



SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Frito-Lay, Inc. announced today that the company's manufacturing facility in San Antonio, TX, 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 seventh Frito-Lay site to receive the VPP Star status.

In recognition of the award, Frito-Lay executives and several local government officials attended a flag-raising ceremony on Friday at the manufacturing facility in San Antonio, where more than 200 guests attended. The site is located at 4855 Greatland Drive in San Antonio.

"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 Rich Beck, Frito-Lay vice president of logistics, who attended the ceremony in San Antonio.

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 government 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 24 "Star" facilities. Frito-Lay has 7 "Star" manufacturing facilities: Beloit, Wis.; Monroe, Wis.; Duncanville, TX; a grain handling facility in Gothenburg, NE; Fayetteville, TN; Visalia, CA; and San Antonio, TX.

Frito-Lay, Inc., which is headquartered in Plano, Texas, is the $11 billion snack food division of PepsiCo, Inc., which is headquartered in Purchase, N.Y. 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, Ruffles Potato Chips, Doritos Tortilla Chips, Tostitos Tortilla Chips and Cheetos Cheese Flavored Snacks.