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Tuesday, October 01 2019
Idaho Milk Products Celebrates Expansion with Ribbon Cutting Event at Jerome Facility

Photo Courtesy of Idaho Milk Products: Dr. Chenchaiah Marella is cutting the ribbon. Holding the ribbon from left to right: Rebecca Walker, Russell Visser, Julie Colson, Mike Metzler, Dr. Chenchaiah Marella, Micelle Schoolcraft, Rick Byrd, Mik Sherry, Luke Visser, Dave Larios, Connie Reed and Miquel Andrade. In the second row from left to right: Rick Onaindia, Daragh Maccabee, Chris Parker, Mayor Dave Davis, City Administrator Mike Williams.

Jerome, ID -- Idaho Milk Products celebrated the completion of the $30 million expansion and new R&D facility that began in October 2018 with a ribbon-cutting on September 20, 2019. Speakers included Idaho Milk Products’ CEO Daragh Maccabee,  Rick Onaindia and Russell Visser representing the owner group, City of Jerome Mayor Dave Davis and Jerome City Administrator Mike Williams and VP of Research and Development, Dr. Chenchaiah Marella. Tours of the new R&D facility were available to the general public.

“We are very pleased to reach the end of a multi-faceted $30m plus project that has been ongoing for the last year,” commented CEO Daragh Maccabee. “We have increased our capacity by a third, invested in new equipment and automation, expanded our warehouse, upgraded our people facilities and made a step change commitment to innovation and product development. The various aspects of the project speak to all the things that we try to do better every day – maximizing our efficiency and throughput, striving to create and maintain a world-class organization, being relevant to our customers and the markets we operate in and all with sustainability in mind. All who contributed along the way can be proud of the achievements in the first decade and all of us here today are excited at the potential for the next one.”

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Thursday, August 08 2019

Jerome, ID -- Idaho Milk Products is celebrating completion of the $30 million expansion at their Jerome facility that began in October 2018 with a ribbon-cutting planned in September 2019. The site has undergone many changes in recent months, including the new Research and Development (R&D) pilot plant. One of the benefits our customers will enjoy is access to more of our award-winning ingredients as we will increase our processing capacity by 1 million pounds of milk per day.

“We are excited about the capabilities our pilot plant space will provide us to help our customers,” reports Dr. Chenchaiah Marella, VP of Research and Product Development. “With state-of-the-art equipment, a product characterization lab and 1500 sq. ft. of processing area, we will offer our customers faster response time and a higher level of confidence in formulating successful, trending products.”

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Tuesday, June 04 2019

Renewable energy development company to build six anaerobic digester facilities near Burley, Idaho

Cassia County, ID -- GESS International has announced a $240 million investment in Cassia County. The company will build six anaerobic digester facilities near Burley, Idaho, totaling $40 million for each digester and making it a part of the company’s first tranche biogas plants in the US. GESS International is a renewable energy development company that specializes in solar and biogas projects around the US and internationally.
“GESS is excited to be a part of the welcoming community of Southern Idaho. These biogas projects create a new revenue stream for area farmers, reduce the environmental impacts associated with the agricultural industry, while also producing a renewable energy that will reduce our fossil fuel use, and create economic development for a wonderful area of Idaho. There is plenty of opportunity for these types of projects in such a cattle rich area and we look forward to working in Cassia County,” said Seth Daughety, GESS International’s Grant Coordinator.

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Wednesday, April 03 2019
Idaho Milk Products Announces Expansion to Jerome Facility

Jerome, ID -- Idaho Milk Products announces plans to grow its specialized milk protein concentrate and dairy ingredients business through a $26 million expansion to its Jerome, Idaho facility. Processing capacity will expand by one third – accommodating an additional 1 million pounds per day of locally sourced milk. The project will also include investments in new Research & Development capabilities, enhanced employee facilities and an expanded warehouse. Commenting on the project, CEO Daragh Maccabee said, “the project is a logical next step for us, one that maximizes the current potential of our exceptional facility while increasing our ability to continue to add long-term value to everything we do, acknowledging in the process that we are nothing without our people.”

“We are committed to both meeting our customers’ needs for the highest quality, most consistent dairy ingredients, and offering them new ingredient solutions.” Tara Russell, VP of Marketing & Sales explained. “The investment in enhanced Research & Development resources allows us to participate in higher levels of collaboration with our customer partners.”

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Friday, October 26 2018

New Zealand ag-tech company to open new office on College of Southern Idaho campus

Twin Falls, ID — CropLogic is pleased to announce it will locate a regional sales office in Twin Falls, ID. CropLogic, a New Zealand company, is an international provider of digital agricultural technology and agronomy services for growers of irrigated crops. The announcement is in partnership with CropLogic, the City of Twin Falls, the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) and Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO).

“Partnerships and relationships are a top priority for CropLogic. Having established ourselves in the Columbia Basin, Washington State in early 2017 the take up of our technology in that region has been beyond our expectations. This has been largely due to the partnerships we have developed in that area,” said James Cooper-Jones, CEO of CropLogic. “As we have looked at expansion opportunities into the greater Pacific North West the response from Twin Falls has been excellent. We’re excited about offering Idaho growers greater access to our technologies and look forward to further developing our partnerships and relationships in this region.”

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Wednesday, July 25 2018

NewCold will invest $90 million to build a fully automated cold storage facility in Burley, Idaho

Burley, ID — Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that Netherlands-based NewCold is investing $90 million to build a 140-foot-high, 25 million cubic feet sub-zero cold storage warehouse in Burley, Idaho. This will be one of the largest frozen storage facilities of its kind in the United States.

The 180,000-square foot fully automated building will serve frozen food producers throughout the area. NewCold in Burley is slated to open in spring of 2019.

“Providing state-of-the-art, conveniently located cold storage is a critical part of keeping Idaho producers’ operating costs down and our value-added Idaho products competitive in the dynamic global market,” said Governor Otter. “This huge new addition to our food distribution chain will help keep Idaho on the leading edge of innovation when it comes to farm-to-market efficiency and delivering high-quality, Idaho-grown foods to the world.”

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Tuesday, June 12 2018

Photo Caption: Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter (center in navy blazer) joins Premier Technology and other dignitaries for the ground breaking of the company’s multi-phase expansion in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Blackfoot, ID — Premier Technology, Inc. has initiated a multi-phase expansion to its facility in Blackfoot, Idaho. Improvements to existing facilities are already underway and will continue throughout the summer. Premier is also adding new equipment with state-of-the-art technology and over 100 new jobs in professional and various skilled trades, such as welding.

“Doug and I are pleased to continue making investments not only in our employees but also the facilities, local infrastructure, and the community around us that have been so supportive,” said Shelly Sayer, Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful to the City of Blackfoot and Bingham County for championing the project.”

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Wednesday, April 25 2018
Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) & Team Idaho's Visit to Japan a Success

Photo caption:  Idaho team members join Takayuki Ishimori, Mayor of Hachioji City, Tokyo at a welcome event in Japan.  Pictured left to right:  Celia Gould, Director, Idaho Department of Agriculture; Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce; Kelly Anthon, Idaho Senator/City of Rupert Administrator; Mayor Ishimori; Jan Rogers, CEO, Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho; and Dr. Marc Skinner, Executive Officer, University of Idaho’s Eastern region.

University of Idaho, Idaho Senator/City of Rupert Administrator Kelly Anthon, Idaho Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, and REDI complete six-day visit to Japan to promote foreign direct investment in Idaho.

Idaho Falls, ID — Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) CEO Jan Rogers reported significant success from the Idaho team that just returned from a foreign direct investment trip to Japan April 13-18.

“Reciprocity is an important part of Japanese culture.  With Eastern Idaho’s new and growing relationship with Sakae Casting and Ohzen’s operations in Idaho Falls, this Japan trip was a great opportunity for us to build on our Japanese partnerships and expand Idaho’s connections in Japan,” Rogers said.  “We put Idaho on the radar for Japanese businesses considering investing in the U.S. In fact, several companies are already planning to visit Idaho this summer.  It was a very successful visit,” she said.

The trip, coordinated by REDI, was joined by the University of Idaho, Idaho Senator and City of Rupert administrator Kelly Anthon, and Idaho Departments of Commerce and Agriculture.

Select Idaho team members met with government and commerce officials, vice governors, mayors, university president and leaders, chamber of commerce representatives, and numerous industries representing nuclear energy, research, food production and processing, and manufacturing. 

At a business exchange meeting in Hachioji City, several organizations and nine companies discussed possible opportunities for their businesses in Eastern Idaho and Idaho.

There was also a visit to Tokai mura’s Sister City Center, Idaho Falls’ Sister City in Japan.

Dr. Marc Skinner, Executive Officer, University of Idaho’s Eastern region:
“It was an honor to represent the University of Idaho on this successful trip.  The University of Idaho’s Idaho Falls Center is thrilled with the relationship developed over the past year with Japan’s Sakae Casting.  UI Nuclear Engineering Professors Bob Borrelli and Rich Christensen are currently working collaboratively with Boise State University and Sakae Casting’s team on a state funded IGEM project focused on development of an aluminum cast with embedded natural boron for cooling nuclear fuel.  We believe our current project with Sakae Casting is just the beginning of future collaborative work with innovative business and education entities in Japan.”

Kelly Anthon, Idaho Senator and City of Rupert Administrator:
“I have always believed that as Idaho’s economy grows and diversifies, there will be more opportunities for Idaho families by building relationships with overseas businesses.  Our meetings in Japan not only presented opportunities to grow Idaho business but to promote my home community’s agriculture industry. I look forward to the future opportunities for Idaho that may result from this successful trip abroad.”

Kouki Kashiwada, Assistant Director, Hachioji City-Japan: (via translation)
“Idaho is good as a business environment.  We have a population reduction and the Japanese market is shrinking.  Some businesses seek to expand in the United States.  We must look at Idaho.”

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Thursday, February 15 2018

Jerome, ID — Magic Valley Quality Milk Producers (MVQMP) announces the expansion of its plant at 1756 S Buchanan St, Jerome, Idaho.

“The Board of Directors have approved a $20 million expansion project designed by Power Engineers and Dairy Industry Consultants with Petersen Bros. Construction as our General Contractor and Advanced Process Technologies, Inc as our main milk process equipment supplier. The project will take 12 months to complete, and we expect to employ at least 15 new employees.” Says Alan Stutzman, General Manager, MVQMP.

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Wednesday, December 06 2017

A $1 million facilities improvement grant will fund a new Rupert clinic with modernized exam rooms and expanded services including care management, outreach and dental

Rupert, ID — Family Health Services (FHS) and the city of Rupert announced today the construction of a new clinic following the award of a $1 million grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Infrastructure Improvement Program.  The new 10,000 sq. ft. clinic will modernize exam rooms and add space for new medical services like care management, outreach and expanded dental services.

“All of us at Family Health Services are excited to be able to provide new and improved services to the people of Rupert,” said Aaron Houston, CEO of Family Health Services. “We were thrilled to be awarded the HRSA grant to help us continue to offer affordable and accessible care to our communities. With tremendous support from the city of Rupert, the city council and local businesses, our partnership has made the project a success at every stage.”

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Friday, November 17 2017
Eastern Idaho's First FDI Awarded Nearly $238,000 for Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Grant

Idaho Falls, ID — The Idaho Department of Commerce has awarded an Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Grant to the University of Idaho, Boise State University and their Center for Advanced Energy Studies, to partner with Sakae Casting - a Japan-based company that opened their first U.S. location in Eastern Idaho in April.

IGEM Grants are awarded to state research universities to partner with industry leaders on research projects geared toward commercialization.

The nearly $238,000 grant will help fund Sakae Casting’s research and development efforts by partnering with Idaho’s leading research universities to potentially change spent nuclear fuel storage and cooling capabilities at nearly 100 nuclear power sites.

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Friday, November 10 2017
Chobani Announces Expansion of Twin Falls, Idaho Facility
Company breaks ground on 70,000 square foot new state-of-the-art Innovation and Community Center
Twin Falls, ID -- Chobani, America’s #1 Greek yogurt brand and second largest U.S. yogurt manufacturer, announced the expansion of the world’s largest yogurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, breaking ground on a 70,000 square foot facility that will serve employees, guests and house Chobani’s Global Research and Development Center.
“I’m grateful for the specialness we share with the people of the Magic Valley,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani. “Twin Falls is one of those special places where there’s a strong entrepreneurial mindset, the people are incredible, and a handshake truly means something. It’s a special ecosystem when it comes to food making. Our home in Idaho is not only a celebration of our employees and our community, but is also a space to inspire creativity, drive even more innovation and take us further on our mission to bring better food to more people.”
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Tuesday, October 24 2017
Pocatello, ID -- One new business and one business expansion in Eastern Idaho will bring more than 400 new job openings to the region. The FBI is building a new data center in the City of Pocatello and will be looking to hire about 350 by their 2019 opening. In addition, Buchanan & Edwards, a national cyber security and data management company recently announced expansion plans at their Pocatello facility with 50-80 hires needed.

“These are two significant economic development announcements for Eastern Idaho and the City of Pocatello,” said Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI).  “The economic impact of these projects will be significant and will offer excellent employment opportunities for high tech talent,” she said.
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Tuesday, October 17 2017

Blackfoot, ID — Vancouver, British Columbia based eCobalt has announced plans to develop a cobalt mining operation in Salmon, Idaho and hydrometallurgical refinery on a railhead in neighboring Blackfoot, Idaho. The Salmon mine is the only environmentally permitted primary cobalt project in the United States.  

With pre-construction activities already underway, the vertically integrated Idaho Cobalt Project is designed to produce cobalt for the rechargeable batteries market. The total capital and reclamation cost is estimated at $288.1 million.

“We are thrilled to announce eCobalt’s massive investment in our community that could create 60-90 full-time, well-paying jobs,” said Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis.  “The Idaho Cobalt Project is projected to support mining and refining capabilities through 2029.  We’re excited to welcome eCobalt to Blackfoot and support their Idaho Community Block Grant application requesting funds to build a new railroad spur here, vital to improving their mine to refinery transport capabilities,” he said. 

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Thursday, October 05 2017

Twin Falls, ID — Jayco®, Inc., a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) and leader in the recreational vehicle industry, will expand their manufacturing footprint in Twin Falls, ID, after an extensive site selection search. The expansion is expected to bring approximately 300 jobs to the region by early next year.  Jayco will be partnering with the College of Southern Idaho’s Workforce Development Program to assist with training and on-boarding of new employees.

The expansion, initiated to improve service to dealers in the western U.S. and Canada, maximizes existing synergies built over the past 10 years at their Idaho campus.

“Our executive team considered several western states when searching for the right fit for expansion,” stated Matt Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for Jayco, Inc. “We concluded that capitalizing on the benefits offered in Twin Falls out-weighed benefits outside the state of Idaho. Governor Butch Otter and his team, the Idaho Commerce Department, and Don Hall, Twin Falls County Commissioner, were especially helpful in the process and supported what we were trying to accomplish in the region.”

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Thursday, September 21 2017
Divina Water Celebrates Grand Opening of Idaho Falls Facility

Idaho Falls, ID — Divina Water celebrated the grand opening of their Idaho Falls bottled water company. The startup company, known for pioneering a new patented distillation technology, welcomed business leaders to tour their expanded 12,000 square foot facility in Idaho Falls.  They were recognized internationally last year after just six months in business, winning a silver medal in the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting competition.

“We are excited to welcome the community to see our developing operations as we prepare for a momentous 2018,” said Divinia co-founder Crosby Sedlmayr.  

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Wednesday, September 20 2017

Twin Falls, ID — The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its “12 Cool Things” project, in the Special Purpose Print Promotion category from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was accepted by Jeff McCurdy, SIEDO Executive Board Treasurer and city of Rupert Financial Officer, during the IEDC Annual Conference, held Sept. 17 - 20, in Toronto, Ontario.

“It was an honor to receive this award among our national and international peers and to showcase the creative ways we are communicating Southern Idaho's message nationally and across the globe," said McCurdy. 

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Tuesday, September 12 2017
Idaho Small Business Fin Fun Mermaid is Honored by U.S. Senator Jim Risch with Congressional Record

Photo Caption: Idaho Senator Jim Risch (l) is shown a mermaid tail by Steve Browning, owner of Fin Fun during a tour of the facility.  (John Roark, Post Register 9/4/2017)

Idaho Falls, ID -- Fin Fun Mermaid, a company that produces mermaid swimsuits, fin tails, swimwear and other products, was recently honored by Idaho’s U.S. Senator Jim Risch with a piece of the congressional record in recognition of being named “Small Business of The Year” and for their astounding growth.

In three years, Fin Fun has experienced 3,000 percent growth according to Idaho Department of Commerce.  CEO Eric Browning and CFO Steve Browning were named Idaho’s “Small Business Persons of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration in April.  The following month, Risch named Fin Fun the small business of the month.  A piece of the congressional record was presented to Fin Fun September 4 in recognition of these achievements.

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Thursday, June 01 2017

An estimated 180 new jobs will be created directly by McCain Foods

Burley, ID -- McCain Foods USA, a division of McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest producer of frozen potato products, announced their plans to expand production capacity in Burley, Idaho for frozen french fries. McCain plans to invest over $200 million to expand its state-of-the-art production facility, and expects to create over 180 new jobs directly.

This investment is in response to increased demand for McCain branded products in North America and around the world. “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.”

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Thursday, May 04 2017

An estimated 180 new jobs will be created directly by McCain Foods
Burley, ID — McCain Foods USA, a division of Canadian-based McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest producer of French fries, announced their plans to expand production capacity in Burley, Idaho for frozen French fries, adding significant capacity to their current production. McCain plans to invest over $200 million to expand its state-of-the-art, high capacity production facility, and expects to create over 180 new jobs directly.
This investment is in response to increased demand for McCain branded products in North America and around the world. “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.”

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Tuesday, April 18 2017

Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho Announces Two New Business Expansions
Idaho Falls, ID — Leading ethics and compliance software and services company NAVEX Global announced that it will expand its contact center operations in Rexburg, Idaho to meet the demands of the company’s rapidly growing business and global customer base. 

In addition, Utah’s modular home builder Zip Kit Homes has announced plans to expand their operations into the Pocatello-Chubbuck area this summer, possibly adding 40 new jobs.  

“We continue to see positive growth in our region with business expansions including NAVEX and Zip Kit Homes,” said Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI).  “Eastern Idaho offers an opportunity for businesses to tap into our large skilled labor pool and enjoy a low-cost location to grow their businesses.  We welcome them to our region,” she said.

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Monday, April 10 2017
Japan-Based Sakae Casting to Open Office in Idaho Falls

Aluminum Casting Company Announces First U.S. Location in Eastern Idaho

Idaho Falls, ID — Japan-based Sakae Casting today celebrated the grand opening of their first U.S. location in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  The aluminum casting company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has selected Eastern Idaho’s City of Idaho Falls to open their first U.S. office. 

 Sakae Casting specializes in castings for inserting stainless steel pipes into an aluminum casting product with minimized clearance, necessary for optimal performance of semi-conductors and super computers.  The Idaho Falls office will give Sakae the best U.S. location to work directly with the University of Idaho, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the region’s extensive nuclear and advanced manufacturing sectors to further their research capabilities and U.S. product sales.

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Friday, March 10 2017

Twin Falls, ID -- The City of Twin Falls was one of four communities selected by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to receive technical assistance in developing small-scale manufacturing for downtown revitalization. The assistance will be provided at no cost to the city through Smart Growth America, which is a national program focused on creating economic opportunities through small business development.

Twin Falls - the smallest and most remote of the four communities selected - was recognized as for seeking uses for its underutilized warehousing district and working with other downtown redevelopment initiatives to build economic security and diversity.

“Small-scale manufacturing, which generally includes entrepreneurial, specialized, and boutique-style manufacturing operations, has emerged as a new tool for economic development in urban areas,” said Nathan Murray, City of Twin Falls Economic Development Director. “Smart Growth America’s new technical assistance program helps cities such as Twin Falls integrate small-scale manufacturing spaces into urban redevelopment efforts.”

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Monday, December 19 2016

Region to see significant economic impact over decades
Idaho Falls, ID -- Eastern Idaho will be home to a new $1.65 billion Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) facility to handle fuel waste from the U.S. fleet of nuclear-powered warships, according to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Energy.

The NRF will be located at the Naval Reactors facility on the Energy Department’s southeastern Idaho site, also site of the Idaho National Laboratory – the country’s premier nuclear research laboratory.  Officials say the new facility will operate through 2060 and can handle new type of spent-fuel shipping container which is currently not possible at its current facility.*

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Wednesday, September 28 2016
Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Take Bronze Award in International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Competition

Photo Caption:  Stephanie Cook, Idaho National Laboratory economic and workforce development program manager (l), Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development Eastern Idaho (c), and Amy Lientz, director of partnerships, engagement and technology deployment at Idaho National Laboratory (r), receive a bronze award for their regional promotional video from two International Economic Development Council representatives.

IEDC hails the region’s “Living Life Now. Working for Tomorrow. Eastern Idaho.” promotional video among the world’s best

Idaho Falls, ID -- Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) received an Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award today from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

REDI and INL were recognized with a Bronze Award for the region’s promotional video, "Living Life Now.  Working for Tomorrow.  Eastern Idaho."  The video was developed by REDI as part of its larger regional talent attraction campaign.  REDI and INL partnered with other local technology industries on the video to attract employees and businesses to Eastern Idaho.  The award was given in the 25,000 to 200,000 population category.

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Thursday, September 01 2016
Clif Bar Opens New $90M Bakery in Twin Falls

One-of-a-kind, 300,000-square-foot sustainable facility connects people with nature
Twin Falls, SD -- The City of Twin Falls in Southern Idaho has celebrated the opening of Clif Bar & Company’s $90 million bakery. The bakery is a one-of-a-kind, sustainability-focused facility that intentionally uses biophilic design, a cutting-edge approach that connects people in buildings with nature.

“It was really important to us that our Twin Falls bakery embodied our company values,” said Kevin Cleary, CEO, Clif Bar, a leading maker of nutritious and organic food. “We wanted it to be a healthy, welcoming place for people to work—a workplace that sustains our people, the community and the planet.”

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Wednesday, July 06 2016

Manufacturing Facility in Burley, Idaho

Midland, MI -- The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced its plans to construct a new manufacturing facility to be located in Burley, Idaho. The new facility will be operated by Dow Building Solution (DBS), a business unit within Dow, and produce STYROFOAM™ Brand Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation – a leading thermal insulation solution facilitating sustainability, innovation and community success in the building and construction industry since its discovery in 1941.

Building upon its 75 years of innovation, the STYROFOAM™ Brand Insulation facility will come on-line utilizing DOW BLUEDGE™ Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology – an invention that is transforming the market as the next generation industry standard flame retardant for use in polystyrene foam insulation, as it meets the demands of global energy efficiency regulations and sustainable building design.

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Friday, June 10 2016

Rogers brings 15 years of rural economic development, foreign direct investment experience 

Boise, ID -- Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI), has been appointed to the United States Investment Advisory Council (IAC) established by the Commerce Department in April 2016. As one of 19 private and public sector leaders from across the nation, Rogers will advise U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on the development and implementation of strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment in the United States.

“I am honored to have been appointed to the IAC and look forward to providing counsel on issues that affect foreign investment into the United States, particularly in rural communities,” said Rogers, who will serve a two-year term. “I’m excited to help set the priorities for this newly established council and work among many of the top public and private sector economic development and business leaders in the nation.”

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Monday, April 25 2016

Caldwell, ID -- American Food Equipment Company (AMFEC), a food-processing equipment manufacturer, breaks ground Monday, April 25 in Caldwell on its new manufacturing facility. The California company plans to bring close to 90 new jobs with total wages over $4 million annually to the Valley as part of its national expansion.  

"AMFEC outgrew the existing Hayward, California location; and that location was landlocked preventing expansion of the current facility. As we looked beyond our California home for a location to support our growth, the passionate recruitment and support from Idaho Commerce and the communities of Nampa and Caldwell made this Valley an excellent choice," said Darrell "Gus" Gustaveson of American Food Equipment Company. "The work ethic and availability of labor in this market stood out, along with the Workforce Development Training dollars to help us bring that workforce up to speed for our specific manufacturing needs. "

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Wednesday, April 13 2016

Rupert, ID -- Transystems LLC, a bulk commodities transportation company, has announced that it will build a new trailer manufacturing facility in southern Idaho’s City of Rupert.  The company will invest over $1 million to acquire and renovate an old industrial building.

Transystems will build new office space and bring in state-of-the-art metal fabrication equipment to manufacture specialized truck trailers for agriculture commodity transportation.  Renovations will begin in the next two weeks and operations are slated to begin this summer.

“We are excited about the expansion of our manufacturing project in Rupert, said Errol Rice, Transystems’ executive vice president of strategic development.  “We have built trailers for our own use for nearly a decade and have reached the point of needing to upgrade our facility to match our production needs.  We started building our own trailers to better match our customers’ needs and expect that the new Rupert facility will have a positive impact on the quality and quantity of trailers we produce each year.

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Friday, March 18 2016
Chobani Announces Major Expansion of World's Largest Yogurt Manufacturing Plant in Twin Falls, Idaho

Nearly $100 million incremental investment to fuel momentum as company continues to grow category and push into new areas
Twin Falls, ID --  Chobani, America's #1 Greek yogurt brand, announced today a major expansion to its manufacturing facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, which will be used to drive continued growth in the region, the state and the community and expand production capability to meet demand for new and existing products. 

“Building the largest yogurt manufacturing plant in the world and expanding it three years later is a really proud moment for us and an example of how right it was to pick Idaho as our second home,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chobani. “Our success in Idaho and New York is an example of the power and strength of U.S. manufacturing. To food companies like ours, it’s a signal of the momentum of the food movement that we started: better food for more people.”

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Tuesday, December 22 2015

Expansion Solutions magazine hails region’s economic development success in food processing and transportation industries

Twin Falls, Idaho -- The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) has received two awards of excellence from Expansion Solutions magazine for its success in growing the food processing and transportation industries.

Expansion Solution’s annual “Top 5 Awards” recognize economic development organizations that have shown exceptional development progress between October 2014 and October 2015 by successfully recruiting, retaining and assisting growing businesses.  

“Expansion Solutions is honored to recognize the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization with our Top 5 Award in Agribusiness/Food Processing and Transportation,” said Jeff Cornett, CEO and president of Expansion Solutions.  “Southern Idaho’s recent successes in the agribusiness and food processing recruitments and expansions have positioned SEIDO as a leader in the economic development industry.” 

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Friday, November 06 2015

Boise Valley Economic Partnership, City of Boise, and Idaho Department of Commerce

Boise, ID -- Paylocity, a provider of cloud-based payroll and human capital management software solutions for medium-sized organizations, has selected Boise for a new expansion facility with plans to create more than 500 quality jobs.

“Paylocity is thrilled to be opening an office in Boise. With an expanding tech presence and a flourishing community and culture, Boise was the ideal choice for Paylocity’s newest location. We look forward to building a team in Boise to help us on our mission to elevate payroll and HR professionals from the backroom to the boardroom,” says Steve Beauchamp, Paylocity CEO.

Choosing the City of Boise was part of a seven-month process, which required a collaborative effort with many partners including the City of Boise Mayor’s Office, Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Capital City Development Corporation, Idaho Department of Commerce, Boise State University, CBRE, Trailhead, community leaders and HR representatives. 

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Wednesday, October 14 2015
International Economic Development Council Recognizes Southern Idaho with Two Awards for Economic Development Success

College of Southern Idaho’s Dr. Todd Schwarz recognized for his leadership supporting economic development in the region
Twins Falls, ID -- Southern Idaho was recognized this week with two awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development award, and Todd Schwarz, PhD, Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer, College of Southern Idaho, was awarded the Institutional Leadership Award for his lasting commitment to the field of economic development.  

“These awards serve as a salute to pacesetting organizations like the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization for leading the charge," said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the International Economic Development Council and President of Saginaw Future Inc.  “The Institutional Leadership Award recognizes a leader of a community institution whose exemplary support of local economic development programs has allowed for continued community success.”

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Wednesday, July 29 2015

Twin Falls, ID -- The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and SelectUSA will host the 4th annual White House Forum on Economic Development on July 30, 2015.  Jan Rogers, executive director of Southern Idaho Economic Development (SIEDO) is the only Idahoan invited to attend this prestigious gathering.

51 economic development officers from across the U.S. will be attending and will directly engage senior White House and Administration officials. 

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs will provide the welcome remarks.

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Monday, July 13 2015

U.S. Commerce Department selects Southern Idaho based on strength of the region’s extensive food manufacturing cluster and “All Things Food” brand, says the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization.

Southern Idaho -- Idaho’s six-county region known as “The Magic Valley” has been selected as a top 12 U.S. manufacturing community by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) – one of four U.S. regions in the Food Manufacturing category.

“Both new and existing companies have taken notice that Idaho – and specifically the Magic Valley – is feeding the world, and we are now proud to have this official designation that truly puts Idaho on the map as a Manufacturing Community, capturing Idaho’s rich heritage of world class raw materials and a robust food processing workforce,” said Idaho Governor Butch Otter.

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Wednesday, June 24 2015
WOW Logistics Breaks Ground on New Southern Idaho Facility

Jerome, Idaho -- Local and state officials joined WOW Logistics for a special groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s 193,000-square-foot expansion project.
The new space will interconnect with the more than 350,000 square feet of dry ambient warehousing the company already operates in Jerome. Upon completion in January 2016, it will be occupied by Davisco Foods International.
Dignitaries speaking at today’s ceremony included Howard Kamerer, WOW’s President and CEO; Dave Davis, Mayor of Jerome; Mike Williams, Jerome City Administrator; and Megan Ronk, Chief Operating Officer, Idaho Dept. of Commerce.

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Wednesday, June 24 2015

Rupert, ID -- PerforMix Nutrition Systems, a subsidiary of Agri Beef, took the first step today at a groundbreaking ceremony to initiate construction of a state-of-the-art liquid feed supplement and nutrition facility in Rupert, Idaho.   

Founded in Nampa, Idaho in 1985 to supply supplements to Agri Beef feed yards, PerforMix has expanded with additional facilities in Idaho and Washington.  The new Rupert facility, slated to be running by the end of this year, will have 15 staff at full capacity including management, production/maintenance and transportation.                                          

“This is an exciting day for all of us at PerforMix and for our customers,” said Jim Keppen, president of PerforMix.  “This new Rupert facility will be a critical location not only for us to better serve our growing client base, it will allow us to increase production capacity and expand our proprietary processes and technologies to additional beef and dairy producers across Idaho and neighboring states.  We’re thrilled to be joining the community of Rupert,” Keppen said.

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Wednesday, May 27 2015

Dairy revenue up 12.5% over 2013; First time cheese is #1 dairy export
Twin Falls, ID -- Idaho surpassed New York State as the nation’s third largest milk producer after California and Wisconsin, generating 13.9 billion pounds of milk in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest report. Idaho’s total dairy revenue in 2014 was up 12.5% over 2013 due to investments from companies including Chobani, Glanbia Foods and numerous other dairy processors.

“Over 72% of our state’s dairy production comes from Southern Idaho, supporting a growing dairy, cheese and dairy-related food sector,” says Jan Rogers, executive director, Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO).  “Our dairy producers and processors are committed to quality and growth, generating more economic opportunities for the region.”

The Southern Idaho region, known as America’s Most Diverse Food Basket, is home to Chobani’s $450 million yogurt plant, Glanbia’s $15 million headquarters and Cheese Innovation Center, Davisco, Darigold, Idaho Milk Products, High Desert Milk, Gossner Foods and other processors.

“Dairy production from 2014 demonstrate Idaho’s strong dairy industry and the increased milk production has helped meet the growing demand for Idaho’s high quality milk,” said Bob Naerebout, executive director of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. “We earned this #3 ranking even with fewer cows than New York, a testament to the greater efficiencies of our dairy farmers,” he said.

In 2014, cheese was the #1 dairy export in Idaho, with total dairy generating over $394 million in revenue.
The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) is a joint venture of public and private sectors formed to help diversify and strengthen the regional economy by retaining and attracting business in the communities of Twin Falls, Jerome, Kimberly, Filer, Gooding, Glenns Ferry, Burley, Heyburn, Paul, and Rupert.

Located along the Snake River, Southern Idaho’s communities are located 120 miles southeast of Boise, Idaho’s state capital, and 340 miles northwest of Salt Lake City.  

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Rupert, ID -- PerforMix Nutrition Systems, a liquid and dry feed supplement and nutrition company for the beef and dairy industry, has announced that it will build a new state of the art production facility in Rupert, Idaho.  PerforMix, a subsidiary of Agri Beef Co., has facilities in Nampa and Fruitland, Idaho and Moses Lake, Washington.

The new Rupert facility will break ground on 10 acres before July 1, 2015 and will be built with the most current technology to be the most advanced liquid feed operation in the Pacific Northwest.

“We are thrilled to build our third Idaho location in Rupert,” said Jim Keppen, president of PerforMix.  “Rupert is ideally located to help us better serve our existing customers as well as the broader industry in the Magic Valley, Eastern Idaho  and surrounding States. We are currently near our full capacity level at our Nampa plant. The Rupert facility will allow us to move our existing Eastern Idaho business to Rupert opening up production capacity for growth in the Treasure Valley. The folks in Rupert have been outstanding to work with and we couldn’t be happier to join this great community,” Keppen said.

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Monday, March 16 2015
Clif Bar & Company Hosts Groundbreaking Celebration for New Sustainable Bakery in Twin Falls, Idaho

Twin Falls, ID -- Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious  and organic foods and drinks, today celebrated the groundbreaking of its first owned and operated bakery, the Clif Bar Baking Company, in Twin Falls, Idaho. With a focus on people and sustainability, the new 275,000-square-foot bakery will help the company meet growing demand for organic energy and nutrition bars. Construction on the bakery will begin in April, and the bakery plans to open in spring 2016. When fully operational, the bakery will create more than 200 jobs in the community.

“Beautifully designed, sustainable and people-inspired, the Twin Falls bakery showcases our company values and our desire to serve as a community partner to Twin Falls,” said Clif Bar & Company chief executive officer, Kevin Cleary. “When operating, the new bakery will help us continue to craft delicious, organic food that feeds and inspires adventure.”

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