MARION, IL (KFVS) - The Pepsi MidAmerica plant in Marion, Illinois is reportedly expanding and has plans to create more jobs.
According to the office of Illinois State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), the plant in Marion is expanding and efforts are underway to secure funding for on-site roadwork developments at the facility.
“Economic development and job creation are two critical aspects of ensuring the communities of Southern Illinois thrive,” said Senator Fowler. “Today, we’re coming together to highlight ongoing progress to build a new roadway in Marion and underscore the economic growth taking place in the community.”
The lawmaker is reportedly working with company representatives, regional and state entities and local officials to obtain the funding.
The City of Marion, Ill. has also started construction of a new roadway, to improve heavy traffic flow and support expanded distribution at Pepsi MidAmerica.
“This expansion will allow us to refine our shipping and receiving processes to better service our customers in a more efficient manner while maintaining safer access to and from our roadways. This project will provide the community an efficient means of traveling from highway #13 to Westminster Road,” said Vice President of Operations, Daniel Nalley.
State Sen. Fowler’s office says these efforts are key for the Pepsi MidAmerica plant in Marion to expand, which include plans to implement a new distribution system and the creation of new jobs within the facility. Sen. Fowler has obtained approximately $3.5 million needed for this project.
“Each day, over 100 large tractor and trailer units arrive and exit Pepsi MidAmerica’s facility,” said Senator Fowler. “By obtaining these funds and building this roadway, we are creating new opportunities for growth and development. The company will be creating 50 new jobs to support its expanded shipping and receiving operations.”
Pepsi MidAmerica is one of the largest independently owned Pepsi-Cola operations in the country and has been in business since 1936. Pepsi MidAmerica serves a five-state area, producing products for portions of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.