State Tax Credits Help Frito-Lay Expand In Conn.

KILLINGLY, Conn. (AP) — Snack foods company Frito-Lay North America is receiving up to $4 million in tax credits to expand its manufacturing and distribution plant in Killingly.

The company plans to spend $38 million for technology for material handling and delivery. State officials said Thursday that the improvements are expected to increase efficiency and improve delivery while also reducing the plant's environmental impact.

The Bulletin reports that Elsie Bisset, the town's economic development coordinator, said the expansion is not expected to create jobs, but will improve efficiency while keeping all 600 jobs currently at the plant.

With the expansion, the plant will increase to 450,000 square feet, from 370,000, a 22 percent increase.

It's the second expansion in Killingly since 2010 when the company built a $66 million, 70,000 square-foot addition.