The Frito-Lay facility in Modesto has become the state of California’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified food manufacturing site.
The PepsiCo owned factory was certified as a Gold level LEED structure by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) this week. Gold is the second highest level of certification given out by the LEED program, with Platinum being the highest possible ranking.
"Today, Frito-Lay Modesto continues its legacy of sustainability by becoming the state's first food manufacturing LEED Gold certified existing building," said Tom Melead, maintenance and engineering director for the Frito-Lay Modesto facility. "It is only through the dedication and desire of our team members that we were able to retrofit this 21-year-old building and solidify Frito-Lay's place as a leader in sustainability in Stanislaus County and the State of California."
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To achieve LEED Gold certification, the manufacturing facility had to undergo several substantial changes and install sustainable forms of technology.
The Frito-Lay facility reduced its natural gas consumption by 25 percent and its electricity use by 24 percent by installing photovoltaic solar arrays. New technologies in the chip cooking and processing procedure allowed the company to reduce water consumption by about 35 percent.
Frito-Lay North American, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, now has eight existing buildings across the US that have reached the Gold level of LEED certification. The other Gold-certified food manufacturing sites are located in Casa Grande, Ariz., Topeka, Kan., Perry, Ga, Jonesboro, Ark., Beloit, Wis., Killingly, Conn., and the company’s headquarters in Plano, Texas.