McCain Foods Commits $300M to Washington Plant Upgrade

May 2, 2019

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McCain Foods Commits $300M to Washington Plant Upgrade
McCain Foods revealed plans Wednesday to expand its potato processing facility in Washington State. Image courtesy of Pixabay

The American subsidiary of Canadian firm McCain Foods plans to dedicate $300 million toward an upgrade of its potato processing plant in Othello, WA, a company press release announced Wednesday. 170,000 sq ft of space will be added to the McCain Foods USA Inc. facility to house a new battered and conventional French fry processing line. 

“This investment signals confidence in Washington, its potato growing community and its skilled workforce availability,” Jeff DeLapp, president of McCain Foods North America, said in a statement. “It quickly follows other McCain capacity investments, helping to meet the continued increasing demand for McCain products and builds toward a strong, sustainable future in manufacturing and agriculture.”

Once the new capacity comes online, McCain Foods will source an additional 11,000 acres of potatoes from regional producers. About 180 new jobs will be generated through the expansion project. 

Construction on the expansion is slated to begin in May. Work on the site is projected to reach a close in early 2021.  

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