As part of its participation in the EPA's top "green leadership" program, Dallas-based Frito-Lay Inc.'s Jonesboro, AK plant will eliminate 1.6 million pounds of pollution by adding a secondary wastewater treatment system; reduce total water use by 31.5 million gallons by recycling water used during potato peeling; and recycle more than 1,000 tons of waste through increased recycling efforts.
Pittsburgh-based supermarket chain Giant Eagle, acquired the shuttered LeNature's plant in Latrobe, PA. The facility will be used to make Giant Eagle-labeled bottled water and iced tea. Giant Eagle plans to employ roughly 50 full-time workers, with the laid-off LeNature's workers getting primary consideration for jobs.
New York-based Altria Group, recently announced its intention to pursue the spin-off of Philip Morris International Inc. The spin-off will be subject to the receipt of a favorable ruling from the Internal Revenue Service, the receipt of an opinion of tax counsel and the effectiveness of a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Akron, OH-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recently announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified its commercial tires featuring Fuel Max Technology for use on SmartWay-eligible trucks. The fuel-efficient line-haul tires deliver up to four percent improved truck fuel economy, or 4,000 gallons per year.
Burnsville, MN-based XATA Corp. has signed a lease on a state-of-the-art building which will become the corporate headquarters for XATA in Eden Prairie, MN. The 26,500-square- foot building is expected to provide sufficient space for its more than 100 employees and meet the demands of XATA's high growth needs.
Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, based in Brentwood, TN, has announced the opening of two operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; one distribution facility and an international station. The station will provide domestic and international air freight, ocean transportation, customs brokerage and trade consulting services.
The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. (Somers, NY), Pepsi-Americas Inc. (Minneapolis) and Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC (Raleigh, NC) are each purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) to match 100 percent of the electricity used by their U.S. operations. The purchases total nearly 629 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of green power.
Clayco, a St. Louis-based real estate development, design and construction firm has completed the expansion of PepsiAmericas' St. Louis production and bottling facility at Union Seventy Center. The expanded facility features a water treatment area for Pepsi's Aquafina water brand, as well as a new production line that produces plastic PET bottles.
Houston-based IFCO Systems has announced the strategic relocation of its Oakley, CA facility to nearby Antioch. The new location is centrally located to offer pallet recycling, pallet retrieval and other pallet management services to customers throughout the area.