Lamb Weston invests $250 million in new fry line
Lamb Weston Holdings is growing its french fry processing capacity in North America.
The company said it will expand operations at its Hermiston, Oregon, processing facility with the construction of a 300 million pound-per-year french fry line. The new line will be modeled on the company’s recently operational production line in Richland, Washington, and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.
The new Hermiston line is intended to support growth in North America, as well as exports to Asia where demand growth has been, and is expected to remain, strong. The expansion is expected to add approximately 170 full-time positions.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has approved an award from the state’s strategic reserve fund to help move the project forward. The award is intended to support infrastructure development at the site and workforce training and diversification.
The total investment for the new line is expected to be approximately $250 million, with capital expenditures of approximately $25 million and $225 million in fiscal years 2018 and 2019, respectively.