McCain Foods USA, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of frozen potato products, is considering building a facility in Caldwell, Idaho, USA, and bringing as many as 544 jobs to the area.
The company received approval Monday night for USD400k in grants from the Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency, according to idahopress.com.
McCain Foods is considering the 17-acre property in the Sky Ranch Industrial Park property at 4229 and 4224 Challenger Way to build a proposed 164,000sqf facility, four times the size of Caldwell’s Walmart Neighborhood Market.
The project, also known as “Project Russell,” is contingent upon the business’s final decision on a location, as the company is considering another property in Washington, Caldwell Economic Development Director Steve Fultz told the Idaho Press.
“It has been narrowed down to two sites, and the Caldwell site looks very promising,” Fultz said.
Because the business manufactures frozen potato, onion and cheese products — raw materials produced in the area — Fultz said the Caldwell location is very attractive.
If McCain Foods decides on the Sky Ranch site, the company would look to hire an anticipated 140 jobs during the first phase of construction. By the end of the final phase, the project anticipates hiring 544 employees.
Fultz said the anticipated USD134m first-phase investment would be one of the top investments in Caldwell. As a processing facility, the location would include food processing lines, each requiring about 60 employees, Fultz said.