Clif Bar & Co.
An architectural rendering of the Twin Falls bakery, now under construction.
Clif Bar & Company, producer of processed organic foods and drinks, broke ground today on a $90 million, 275,000-square-foot bakery in Twin Falls.
The bakery is expected to create more than 200 jobs, including operations engineers, food safety specialists, filling machine operators and tenders. While wages have not been disclosed, they have been tailored for the Twin Falls location using a living wage calculator
developed by the Massachusetts Institution of Technology that shows a family of four needs to earn $36,804 before taxes to cover typical expenses in Twin Falls County.
Unemployment in the Twin Falls area is pegged at 3.3 percent, compared to 4.4 percent
statewide. According to the most recent figures from the Idaho Department of Labor, the average wage in Twin Falls County is $30,194.
Designers of the facility are seeking LEED certification for the building, which will feature electricity- and resource-saving technologies like LED lighting and a so-called Cool Roof. Amenities for employees will include an amphitheater and landscaped areas.
State and regional firms will develop and construct the project. Stock Construction Management Services of Boise will serve as general contractor and construction manager, while Salt Lake City-based Babcock Design Group will serve as building and site architect. The Land Group, Inc., of Eagle, will be hired on as landscape architect; engineering design will come from DC Engineering, of Meridian; civil and structural engineering from EHM Engineers, Inc., of Twin Falls; and process engineering will be provided by OES, Inc., of Meridian.
Construction on the project is slated to begin in April and expected to be completed by spring 2016.
Attendees at the groundbreaking included Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Twin Falls Mayor Don Hall.
"This is huge for our state's economy and we are excited to have Clif Bar & Company as a new member of our business community," Otter said.