PepsiCo Beverages North America has acquired almost 152 acres of land at the Denver High Point development area where it will build a 1.2 million square foot manufacturing facility.
The facility is PBNA’s latest project as part of its near 75-year investment in the Denver community, including the company’s River North Art District location that has been in operation since the 1950s. This development, located near the intersection of 72nd Avenue and Argonne Street, will hold three times the capacity of the current facility and will be PBNA’s largest U.S. plant location.
Following a lengthy and competitive site selection process that analyzed four states, PBNA chose Denver to build on its long history in the state through sustainable business. The initiative is part of PBNA’s effort to double down on its commitment to both the company’s 1,200 Coloradan employees and Denver’s workforce populations.
The new development supports PepsiCo’s pep+ pledge to positively impact people and the planet. As the company’s most sustainable domestic outpost, the facility will aim to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity, best-in-class water efficiency and reduced virgin plastic use.
From supply chain leadership roles to hourly positions including mechanics, truck drivers and forklift operators, the High Point facility will create nearly 250 new jobs in the Denver area in addition to retaining all 250 current employees who will be upskilled as needed to operate the innovative manufacturing equipment.
“We’re thrilled to call Denver, a city that shares so many of our values, home to PepsiCo’s most sustainable U.S. plant location,” said Johannes Evenblij, West division president, PepsiCo Beverages North America.
“With the High Point facility serving as a model for the future of PBNA’s supply chain, we’re eager to continue deepening our dedication to Colorado through positive impacts such as new job opportunities and more sustainable business solutions.”
To support the new facility, PBNA is partnering with the City and County of Denver through Denver Economic Development and Opportunity for outreach and hiring activities to connect Denver area residents with these employment opportunities.
“PepsiCo has been committed to our community for nearly 75 years, and we’re proud that they have chosen to deepen their roots here and grow that commitment,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
“Not only will their new facility create more quality jobs in our city, it boosts their commitment to sustainability and supports my administration’s climate action efforts. We’ve been working hand in hand with the PepsiCo team on this project and look forward to taking it across the finish line.”
This project was supported by several organizations including multiple agencies within the City and County of Denver, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and Xcel Energy.
The facility is scheduled to open in summer 2023 and will produce products such as Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar, Gatorade, bubly, Rockstar, Propel and Muscle Milk.
For more information, visit pepsico.com.