Thursday, May 4, 2017

McCain expansion

McCain Foods Announces Major Expansion in Burley

BURLEY-McCain Foods USA wants to expand operations at its Burley plant.

The frozen french fry company announced the $200-million dollar expansion of their potato processing plant on Wednesday. 

“Thats the biggest news in the Idaho potato industry in a long time,” said Keith Esplin, Executive Director of the USeed, a seed potato exporting cooperative.

“It’s really good news because our surplus production has been in fresh potatoes so if we can switch some of that to processing it will make the whole industry even better balanced.”

McCain says the expansion will bring in at least 180 new jobs.

“McCain has been a part of the Burley community since the 1960s” said Jeff DeLapp, Regional President, North America  “This investment will bring more jobs, continued partnerships with local potato growers and expanded capacity to meet increasing demand for McCain products”

The company says the Burley expansion is just one of McCain’s of many  investments in production facilities throughout the United States and Canada. 

The economic impact from the McCain project could bring in an estimated $560 million over the next 20 years to the Southern Idaho economy.

Construction starts later this month with completion in the spring of  2018. The Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce thinks construction alone will create 200 high paying jobs. 

The Canadian based company is no stranger to Burley, they’ve operated the processing plant on US-30 Road for two decades and McCain has 51 factories around the world.

"That will have a positive ripple effect, not only in the construction plans, but when you go to the hiring phase," said Kyla Sawyer, the president and CEO of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce.

Sawyer thinks that the addition of new jobs will be felt throughout the valley.

"It's going to ripple out, not only in Minidoka and Cassia communities, but also in other communities as well,” Sawyer said.
Things are booming in Burley, new homes, retail outlets, hotels are also under construction and the city is having a growth spurt.

"We're riding a wave and we think it's going to last for a while," said Doug Manning, Burley's economic development director. 

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