Pepsico Inc. will close its Annapolis plant April 1 to consolidate its distribution and sales operations, a company spokesman said yesterday.
The West Street plant employs 85 workers, all of whom have been offered transfers to plants in Baltimore and in Montgomery, PrinceGeorge's and Charles counties, said spokesman Leigh Curtin.
Pepsi officials don't know how many employees will take transfers, although jobs are available to all of them at other plants, Curtin said. Many workers live in Annapolis.
The company has offered severance packages and placement assistance to those who choose not to transfer, she said.
The plant employs drivers, mechanics and warehouse and office workers.
They distribute soft drinks to an area bounded by Columbia and Beltsville on the west, the Chesapeake Bay Bridgeon the east, Solomons Island on the south and Glen Burnie on the north.
The plant does no manufacturing.
In March 1989, Pepsi bought the Annapolis plant from General Cinema Corp., a Massachusetts-based movie theater chain, in an acquisition of General Cinema's soft-drink bottling business, Curtin said.
Through that deal, Pepsi also bought plants in Lynchburg, Va., and Roanoke, Va., she said. At the time, the Chestnut Hill-based cinema corporation was one of the largestindependent bottlers of Pepsi products.
"We bought several facilities and examined all of them for efficiency and made the decision toconsolidate," Curtin said. "Strategically, and from a geographic standpoint, it was efficient simply to reroute distribution to other facilities."