Pepsi Bottling Ventures to Build 250-Job Distribution Center in Robeson County
Southeastern North Carolina’s convenient access to major markets, along with an unmatched workforce and excellent transportation systems, make the region an ideal destination for distribution operations. Just ask Pepsi Bottling Ventures, which recently announced plans to build a $16.5 million distribution center in the Robeson County community of St. Pauls that will supply beverage products to consumers from Delaware to South Carolina.
“St. Pauls is an ideal location for our new facility,” said Claire Niver, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Pepsi Bottling Ventures. “The location is centralized for our current employees and allows for easy highway access to distribute our products.”
Pepsi Bottling Ventures is the nation’s largest privately-held maker and distributor of Pepsi-Cola. The Raleigh-based company also distributes Aquafina, Lipton, Gatorade and Starbucks products. It employs over 2,000 workers across several locations in North Carolina. Its Robeson County facility will have 250 employees earning annual salaries that will average nearly $40,000.
“A lot of partners were involved in this,” says Greg Cummings, economic development director for Robeson County. Pepsi Bottling will receive support from the One North Carolina Fund, the Rural Infrastructure Authority, the Town of St. Pauls, Robeson County, the North Carolina Community College System and the N.C. Department of Transportation. “The Southeastern Partnership provided great assistance for this project,” Cummings says. “They did research for us and worked closely with the company on its One North Carolina grant,” Cummings says. Garrett Wyckoff of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina was the state’s lead contact on the project.
Site preparation was underway in January, Cummings says. Pepsi Bottling anticipates the new distribution facility being operational by early 2018.