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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 15 , 2006
(615) 741-2257
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FRITO-LAY RECERTIFIED FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY
PULASKI SITE EARNS SECOND RECOGNITION

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Frito-Lay has earned recertification for the Safety Through Accountability and Recognition (STAR) Award. The Volunteer STAR Award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program.

“Frito-Lay has an exceptional workplace safety record,” said TDLWD Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen, who presented the Volunteer STAR award to Frito-Lay today at the company’s facility in Pulaski. “We originally presented the STAR Award to this plant in 2003. We celebrate the recertification of the Pulaski Facility, noting that Frito-Lay is the only company in Tennessee with three Volunteer STAR sites – Pulaski, Fayetteville, and Chattanooga.

“Our TOSHA division recertifies STAR Award companies every three to five years, and Frito-Lay’s achieving recertification standards reflects their continued commitment to reducing accidents and injuries.”

The injury and illness rates at the Pulaski Frito-Lay facility are 67 percent below the national average for its industry type.

The Frito-Lay Pulaski plant employs 540 people in the manufacturing of baked products including cookies, crackers, pretzels, and popcorn. Frito-Lay is a part of PepsiCo, a global company with 38 manufacturing sites across the country. The Pulaski site was built in 1963 and has had many additions over the years; its present capacity is 330,000 square feet.

For more information on the Volunteer STAR Award program, contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.



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