An expansive new addition to the local Lamb Weston plant will produce chopped and formed products such as potato patties and potato puffs. The new facility will commence with production in early 2022, and 70 additional workers will be hired to staff it.
The original building was constructed in 1960 and was the first Lamb Weston French fry facility in the US. To recruit the new workers, the company has scheduled a job fair for May 26th at the Mountain View Event Center in Pocatello. The jobs should be filled by the end of this year. The company has openings for general laborers, electricians, machine operators, quality technicians, packaging operators and maintenance mechanics.
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According to American Falls potato farmer Kamren Koompin, who also serves as chairman of the community’s school board, the new jobs will be great for the area’s economy. He told idahostatejournal.com that the plant expansion should also result in more contracted potato acres and will maximize the use of the crop profile, providing an outlet for using undersized spuds that don’t the make the grade for other uses.