McCain, the world’s largest producer of frozen potato products, has announced a $300 million investment in its potato processing facility in Othello, WA, USA, saying the move would significantly expand its North American production capacity.
The 170,000 sq ft expansion will add another battered and conventional french fry processing line to its production capabilities in the USA and create an anticipated 180 new jobs, McCain said.
The additional capacity will require an approximate 11,000 additional acres, sourced from local potato growers in the region, and follows a similar high-capacity expansion in Burley, ID to service the US and global markets, the company added. Construction will begin this month with anticipated completion in early 2021.
“This investment signals confidence in Washington, its potato growing community and its skilled workforce availability” said Jeff DeLapp, president of McCain North America. “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”.