April 22, 2005 – Posted at 4:24 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO -- A major announcement comes from a Region 8 factory, and it could mean more jobs for the area. The Frito Lay Plant came to Jonesboro in 1998 and since then has had a big impact on Region 8's growing economy.
“We are going to put in a new potato chip line that is scheduled to start up in March of 2006,” said spokesperson Al Gordon.
The expansion will change the landscape of Frito Lay, adding new facilities and new jobs. And making this manufacturing plant one of the top ten producers for the company.
“This should create in the neighborhood of about 100 jobs,” said Gordon. City officials say it's just what Jonesboro needs.
“We're really excited about it,” said Jonesboro Mayor Doug Formon, “Anytime you get news from an existing industry, especially Frito Lay that they are expanding, such a large expansion, it's really, really good news.”
Frito Lay currently employs more than 600 people in Jonesboro, strengthening its position as one of the city's largest employers.
“Jonesboro is a great community to do business in,” said Gordon, “The city father's make it easy to do business in, of course the work force is what really drives our business, we have great employees.”