Frito-Lay’s Midwest North Region Wins Top Honors

April 15, 2008

Local Beloit, Wis., Facility Celebrates Company’s Highest Award for Operations


PLANO, Texas - Frito-Lay’s Midwest North Region has received the company’s annual C.E. Doolin Award for Operations Excellence, the highest award for operations. The Midwest North Region includes the Beloit, Wis., facility, and distribution centers throughout Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.

The C.E. Doolin Award for Operations Excellence, named for Frito-Lay's co-founder, recognizes the region that delivers outstanding results in a variety of areas including quality and service in product manufacturing and distribution.

“I am truly proud of each employee in this region who contributed to winning the Doolin Award,” said Dave Reamsnyder, Midwest North Region vice president, Frito-Lay North America. “The dedication and hard work our associates display daily has truly inspired greatness in others, and has made our region an example of excellence for the entire company.”

“Winning the Doolin Award for Operations Excellence means a great deal to the region, but especially to the 750 Beloit associates,” said Robert Hobson, Beloit manufacturing manager, Frito-Lay North America. “We are bringing home our company’s highest honor the same year our facility and associates celebrate 35 years of service in the Beloit, Wisconsin, community.”

This is the third national recognition award the company’s Beloit facility has earned in the past year. The Beloit team received Frito-Lay’s Ewing Award for Leadership in Human Resource Systems for outstanding safety performance and strong focus on diversity. The Beloit traffic center also won the National Fleet Award of Excellence for its focus on safety, compliance and reliability over-the-road.

The Beloit facility maintains its focus on ensuring the well-being of its employees and the community its serves. The facility was re-certified as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program STAR site for its continued demonstration of exceptional safety and health programs. Lastly, Beloit site team members have embraced and championed environmental sustainability, with double-digit percentage reductions in water, natural gas and electricity per pound of product produced since 1999. These reductions were achieved through new heat recovery technologies and increased water recycling at the facility. The site's waste recycling program has delivered a 96.8% landfill-free status and is targeting "zero landfill" by the end of the year.

The Beloit site plans to celebrate these wins along with the facility’s 35th anniversary later this summer.

Frito-Lay North America is the $11 billion 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.