Amy's Kitchen to Set Up Shop in Former Pocatello Heinz Plant

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One of the nation's largest non-GMO convenience food makers is setting up to start cooking in Pocatello.

This afternoon, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced that California-based Amy's Kitchen is purchasing the 500,000-square-foot Pocatello production facility formerly owned by Heinz. Prior to the announcement, the governor and the Department of Commerce referred to the purchase by the code name "The Natural."

"Idaho is opened for business and we are prepared to move at the speed that they need," Otter said during an announcement at Pocatello Regional Airport Wednesday.

According to a news release issued by Otter's office, Amy's Kitchen will bring approximately 1,000 jobs to the area, and new total wages will reach $342 million. Over the first 15 years, tax revenues from the facility are expected to be $35.7 million.