Simplot Delays Shutdown of East Idaho Potato Plant

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The J.R. Simplot Co.'s planned closure of its potato processing plant in the Eastern Idaho community of Aberdeen has been pushed back another month.

KPVI-TV reports that Aberdeen Mayor Morgan Anderson has confirmed that he received a letter from Simplot indicating the Aberdeen facility would remain open until the end of May. Original plans had indicated that the plant would shut down this week. The Aberdeen plant had hired as many as 250 workers when the facility was fully operational.

In 2011, Simplot announced that they would shutter existing processing plants in Aberdeen, Caldwell and Nampa, and replace them all with one state-of-the-art potato processing plant in Caldwell, on the site of the closed plant. All of the closures were expected to result in the loss of approximately 800 jobs.

But the new Caldwell facility isn't fully operational yet, thus delaying the shutdown of the Aberdeen facility, according to KPVI-TV.


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