McCain: $100 Million Expansion of Idaho Plant Will Begin in Spring


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The original announcement came in August, but the details were revealed Dec. 13. McCain Foods, which built its first Magic Valley facility in the 1960s, is gearing up for a $100 million reinvestment in its Burley potato production plant. The company supplies frozen potato and snack food products for the food-service markets; McCain also supplies retail grocery chains with both McCain and private-label potato products.

According to this morning's Twin Falls Times-News, company officials announced Dec. 13 that they would increase the Idaho plant's capacity by adding a third production line. The expansion is expected to create more jobs, and McCain officials confirmed that they would be buying more local potatoes for the Idaho facility.

“We made the decision to invest in our Burley plant because of its strong potato grower community, highly capable work force and tremendous support from the local and state government," said McCain Regional President Frank van Schaayk.

Construction for the expansion is expected to get under way in spring 2014.