Business Diversity in Twin Falls, ID
Southern Idaho’s business climate is rich with agricultural heritage, but there is much more to the overall business sector. Here are some highlights:
In late 2012, Chobani opened a manufacturing facility in Twin Falls to make the company's Greek yogurt, and Food Engineering presented its 2013 Plant of the Year Award to Chobani for the $450 million, 1 million-square-foot facility. The Twin Falls site is the largest yogurt manufacturing plant in the world, processing 11 million pounds of milk daily.
Gossner Foods in Heyburn was founded in 1966 as strictly a Swiss cheese plant, and today, more than 30 varieties of cheese carry the Gossner name. Rite Stuff Foods in Jerome uses Idaho russet potatoes to make packaged products, such as fried skins, mashed potatoes and fried potatoes filled with bacon, cheddar, mozzarella or pepper jack cheese.
High Desert Milk in Burley was formed in 2001 by six progressive dairies that today milk 35,000 cows and market 2.2 million pounds of milk each day. ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston in Twin Falls makes a line of french fries and prepared potato products, with several items under the Inland Valley brand.
Amalgamated Sugar Co. in Twin Falls is involved with beet sugar, cane sugar and refining, and has annual revenues topping $100 million. Jerome Cheese Co. manufactures cheddar, Monterey Jack, colby and reduced-fat varieties that are packaged in 40-pound blocks, 500-pound barrels and 640-pound blocks.
Also in Southern Idaho is Glanbia Foods, which processes 2.75 million pounds of milk each day to produce 40-pound blocks of cheddar, Monterey Jack, colby, colby jack and pepper jack cheeses. Dot Foods, which is based in Burley, trucks more than 105,000 products to all 50 states.
Hilex Poly in Jerome manufactures plastic bags and agricultural film products, and focuses on reducing the impact of plastic on the environment by turning plastic bags into resin pellets and then back into new bags. Dutchmen Manufacturing in Burley builds recreational vehicles and campers, as well as light truck and utility vehicle parts, while Jayco Manufacturing in Twin Falls also makes RVs and campers, along with related parts and equipment, and has a staff of approximately 150 employees.
Warehousing and Distribution
WOW Logistics in Jerome began operations in 2002 with 232,650 square feet and has grown to 450,000 square feet. It runs a distribution center that is a multitemperature warehouse with storage areas to primarily serve the dairy industry.
Historic Downtown Twin Falls
Industry and agriculture are a big part of the Southern Idaho economy, but another contributor is Historic Downtown Twin Falls. The interesting district is home to a mixture of shops, galleries and restaurants, and it hosts a variety of community entertainment events.
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