PepsiCo is to expand a snacks production site in the US, according to elected officials in the city where the facilities are located.

A statement from the city of Frankfort, Indiana, said PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division is to add two production lines and expand a warehouse at the US giant’s base in the city.

PepsiCo is to invest US$159m and create 50 new jobs, the statement read.

The Lay’s maker has two manufacturing site locations in Frankfort, operating 17 snack production lines and sitting across 135 acres, the statement added.

“Frito-Lay’s significant financial investment and desire to create more jobs are shining examples of their continuing commitment to thrive and succeed here while strengthening our local economy and enhancing our industrial workforce and their employees’ quality of life,” Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes said.

PepsiCo said it needed more capacity but said it had yet finalise the details of its plans. “Frito-Lay is proud to have had a presence in the Frankfort, Indiana, market for more than 30 years and to be a leading employer in Clinton County. Due to continued growth and a need for additional capacity at our current Frankfort site, a long-term construction project enhancing the site’s overall capabilities is being considered. At this time, it is premature to share any further information than what is in the press release as the project design and details are not yet finalised.”

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