PLANO, Texas – Frito-Lay announced today it will officially open the doors to its new state-of the art, environmentally responsible distribution center in Rochester, NY. This is Frito-Lay’s first exclusively “green,” environmentally friendly building and will serve as a model of resource conservation through innovations in renewable energy, alternative lighting, energy efficiency standards and environmentally intelligent choices.
The Frito-Lay distribution center has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and was granted LEED Gold status, one of the highest energy efficient standards in the industry. The LEED standard (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designs) was created in 2000 and the new Frito-Lay facility is one of only two buildings in the state of New York to achieve LEED Gold Certification – and is one of only 50 LEED Gold Certified facilities in North America.
“Frito-Lay’s state-of-the-art ‘Green’ distribution center is another landmark in our company’s quest for sustainable growth,” said Irene Rosenfeld, chairman and CEO, Frito-Lay North America. “This vision of sustainable growth is founded in our commitment to continuously improving all aspects of the world in which we operate – including our environment – creating a better tomorrow for our employees, our customers and the communities we call home.”
From the site selection of where the facility was to be built -- to its everyday operations, the new Frito-Lay distribution center in Rochester was developed with environmental and resource conservation as a priority. The facility is named in honor of former Frito-Lay Senior Vice President of Operations, Jim Rich, who had been with the company for 28 years and laid the groundwork for many of Frito-Lay’s energy conservation programs.
“This facility was designed to improve our business performance and protect the environment by maximizing the use of natural resources, while recycling or removing inefficient or polluting resources from our processes,” added Rich Beck, senior vice president, Operations, Frito-Lay North America. “And while this facility is a fully operational front line business unit, it also serves as an operational learning platform that will allow us to further develop our conservation strategies and create sustainable innovative technologies.”
Features of the new facility include responsible site selection and development, environmentally responsible construction management and materials, renewable energy sources, a reduction of the facility’s “Heat Island“ effect, water efficiency, atmosphere and air quality measures, alternate transportation for employees and facility recycling programs.
“Frito Lay’s Gold certification of their ‘Green’ distribution center demonstrates their commitment not only to the environment but to the community,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair. “A LEED certified building uses fewer materials resources, which will lessen the impact of the building on the environment.”
The new facility was developed by Frito-Lay with support from William McDonough and Partners, the project lead and designer, the Haskell Company, which served as the lead builder and Stantec Architecture.
Frito-Lay North America is the convenient foods division of PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. In addition to Frito-Lay, PepsiCo divisions include Pepsi-Cola, Quaker Foods, Gatorade and Tropicana.