NYCEDC and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York Announce Plans for New Facility on Vacant Land in the Bronx
Project Will Keep More than 170 Jobs and Spur about $30 Million in Private Investment in the Zerega Industrial Business Zone in the Bronx.
New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New York (Pepsi New York) today announced plans for a new distribution facility on formerly vacant, City-owned property in the Zerega Industrial Business Zone in the Bronx. The project, which will cost a total of about $30 million, will allow the company to consolidate a portion of its distribution operations from two existing Bronx facilities, neither of which are large enough to accommodate its projected growth. Prior to purchasing the site from the City, Pepsi New York explored moving some of its Bronx operations to a location in Elizabeth, New Jersey. As a result of the project the company will keep 80 employees in the Bronx, and an additional 90 distribution jobs held by independent contractors will remain in New York City.
“Finding productive use for vacant, City-owned land is a big part of the Administration’s economic development strategy, and I’m pleased we were able to partner with Pepsi New York to do that while keeping valuable jobs in the Bronx,” said NYCEDC President Andrew M. Alper. “The industrial and manufacturing sector remains a vital part of the City’s economy, and the Administration is committed to supporting it by working with thriving companies like Pepsi New York to facilitate their growth in New York City.”
Construction of the new facility is expected to begin in Fall 2006 and take roughly 2 years to complete. Pepsi New York, the exclusive bottler and distributor of all Pepsi products in New York City and portions of Westchester County, was the successful respondent to a Request for Proposals NYCEDC issued for the 287,000 square-foot site in 2003. The company purchased the site from the City for $4.25 million. It currently has two bottling facilities in Brooklyn and Queens and four distribution facilities throughout Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. In total, Pepsi New York has more than 800 employees in New York City.
“I am happy to report that Pepsi New York is staying in the Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. “This is great news and another example of the fantastic story that we’re writing in the Bronx. Companies are coming to the Bronx, and just as importantly businesses are staying here. I applaud Pepsi for their smart decision to remain in a borough that has a vibrant economy, a qualified workforce and an outstanding future.”
The company explored moving some of its Bronx operations outside New York City, but is able to remain in the Bronx thanks in part to financing assistance from the New York City Industrial Development Agency (IDA). The company will receive sales tax benefits of about $1.1 million. In addition to tax benefits, the company may also qualify for about $127,000 in discounted energy from the Business Incentive Rate (BIR) program and about $212,000 from the City’s Energy Cost Savings Program (ECSP).
William Wilson, President of Pepsi New York said, “We certainly appreciate the professional assistance provided by NYCEDC and indeed, the able support and cooperation given by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carriõn and his colleagues. The acquisition enables the company to further advance and strengthen our economic development strategy in New York City.”
The Zerega Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) comprises 189 acres and is home to 56 industrial and manufacturing businesses that employ more than 2,400 people. In January 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg created the Mayor’s Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses (IMB) to implement the City’s first comprehensive industrial policy in more than two decades. As the cornerstone of the new policy, IMB spearheaded the creation of new Industrial Business Zones in 16 neighborhoods throughout the City. Companies that relocate to IBZs will be given a one-time tax credit of $1000 per employee, and the Administration has guaranteed not to support rezoning of IBZs to residential use.
“Pepsi New York’s decision to invest, build and grow in Zerega is another example of how Mayor Bloomberg’s Industrial Policy is working,” said IMB Director Carl Hum. “The powerful combination of energy-cost savings programs, industrial development and relocation tax credits available within the Zerega Industrial Business Zone provides great incentives for industrial and manufacturing companies like Pepsi New York to do business in New York City.”
Capitalizing on under-utilized City owned property is one of the best ways the City can catalyze area-wide development. Since 2002, the City has garnered more than $1.2 billion in private sector investment on the sale of 72 vacant sites throughout the City, 15 of which were in the Bronx. In total, the land sales have resulted in the retention and creation of more than 6,100 permanent jobs.