2 Frito-Lay projects mean 125 jobs Pretzel start-up, warehouse debut

Frito-Lay Inc., the nation's leading manufacturer and marketer of snack foods, announced Thursday that it will begin production of Rold Gold brand pretzels at its plant in Aberdeen early next year.

The announcement was made simultaneously with the long-awaited opening of the 250,000-square-foot Frito-Lay warehouse-distribution center, which has been vacant since it was completed last year.


The two projects are expected to create about 125 jobs.

The $20 million warehouse center is located at U.S. 40 and Route 715.


"We're excited about our ability to utilize this state-of-the-art facility," said John Spooner, president of Frito-Lay's North Division.

When pretzel making starts in Aberdeen next year, the $l production lines and distribution center will occupy more than half of the building. The remainder will remain vacant until needed.

The Plano, Texas-based company began distributing Frito-Lay brand dips, salsa and crackers, Grandma's brand cookies and other snacks from the facility to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Northern Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and the District of Columbia.

"We look forward to potential expansion of the facility and appreciate the cooperation of state, local and county economic development officials in getting this operation started," said Homer Gowan, manufacturing and distribution manager at the plant.

Mark L. Wasserman, secretary of the Department of Economic and Employment Development, welcomed the start-up and the jobs being created as good news for Maryland and Harford County.

His opinion was echoed by County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann.

"This decision to move forward on the production phase is an indication of our continued work with Frito-Lay and their commitment to the county," she said.