Last updated on May 9th, 2017 at 10:50 am
McCain Foods USA, a division of Canadian-based McCain Foods Ltd., the world’s largest producer of French fries, plans to expand production capacity in Burley, Idaho, for frozen French fries, adding significant capacity to its current production. McCain plans to invest more than $200 million to expand its state-of-the-art, high-capacity production facility and expects to create more than 180 new jobs directly.
This investment is in response to increased demand for McCain branded products in North America and around the world, according to the company.
“In 2016, we reviewed all of our North America sites and narrowed the potential for expansion to a handful that could best help us meet the growing demand for McCain products” said Jeff DeLapp, regional president, North America. ”In the end, we chose Burley due to its proximity to quality potatoes, availability of skilled workforce and strong community and state level support.”
McCain has had a long presence in Burley and this expansion will continue to drive substantial economic development in the region, the company reports. Idaho’s economic impact analysis shows that, while approximately 180 jobs will come from McCain directly, the entire project will drive about 380 new jobs total. In addition, more than a 20-year period state GDP will be enhanced by $560 million. State and local performance-based incentives over the same period total about $20 million.
“Between construction activities, employment at the plant and the sourcing of local supplies though our Idaho potato farmers, there’s no question that the economic impact of McCain’s investment will help expand our solid economic base throughout Southern Idaho,” said Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little.
Added Mayor Merlin Smedley, “We are excited to continue our strong relationship with McCain Foods here in Burley. We started working with their team late last year and we are thankful for their continued support and presence in our community.”
McCain expects that the new capacity will be up and running in late summer 2018 with construction to start this May.
McCain services numerous channels, including supermarket, c-store and foodservice.