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Why Are Businesses Relocating to Nampa, ID?

Excellent location, deep talent pool, low costs and diverse economy are among the many reasons companies choose to move to Nampa.

By Bill Lewis on February 1, 2023

Adler Industrial’s Midland Industrial Park in Nampa, Idaho
Adler Industrial

Growing businesses and the talented workers who make them successful are choosing Nampa, ID, where they discover an unmatched quality of life and unlimited opportunity.

Employers such as The Stow Co., which announced a $143 million new facility, are attracted by the city’s available sites, business-friendly environment, logistics-perfect location and workforce of 310,000 people within a 45-minute draw.

Those workers, whose average age is just 33, find professional opportunities in a city that brings metropolitan amenities together with a relaxed pace of life and true sense of community spirit.

“Located in the heart of the Treasure Valley and just 15 minutes from Boise, Nampa is a caring community where neighbors still help neighbors.”

Robyn Sellers, City of Nampa’s Office of Economic Development

Nampa is one of the nation’s 15 fastest-growing large cities, but it also is a community that rallies when schools need to be built, houses painted or leaves picked up.

“Nampans have a selfless and collaborative way of getting things done,” says Robyn Sellers, director of the City of Nampa’s Office of Economic Development. “Nampa can provide the business environment and support that your business needs to start and grow, where your business possibilities and opportunities are endless when considering a business expansion or relocation.”

Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho
NNU Marketing

Full Talent Pipeline

The region’s talent pipeline is filled with graduates of Northwest Nazarene University, Boise State University’s West Campus and College of Western Idaho (CWI), all in Nampa, in addition to other schools in the metro area.

Nampa residents enjoy benefits including growing retail and health care sectors, such as Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s regional medical centers, two large shopping centers and increased commercial activity in downtown Nampa, Sellers says.

Nampa checked all the boxes for The Stow Co. The closet and storage solutions manufacturer announced a new 550,000-square-foot plant at Adler Industrial’s Midland Industrial Park. The project is expected to create 236 jobs.

“This new facility in Nampa is a critical milestone in Stow’s growth and will help us more effectively support our customers who reside in the western half of the United States,” says Randy Tallman, COO of The Stow Co.

Adler Industrial’s Midland facility is one of three new industrial parks in Nampa. Madison Logistics Center and Fuller84 Business Park have space available for businesses ready to put down roots. Nampa offers amenities comparable to Boise, including quick access to Interstate 84 and Boise Airport, but at a lower cost.

Many areas of Nampa are available for construction, and one agency, Nampa Development Corporation, helps developers strategically invest in sites in the Urban Renewal District, with guidance on funding from the city.

Chart of Largest Private Employers in Nampa, Idaho.

Diverse Economy

Long-standing businesses such as manufacturing and food processing-agribusiness are growing in the region. Other growing sectors include technology, administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, and management of companies and enterprises. The rec-tec, or recreation technology industry, is growing as customers look for products that help them enjoy the outdoors.

Nampa had the first Amazon fulfillment center to open in the Treasure Valley in 2020. Nampa also recently added LB Foster CXT, Autovol Volumetric Modular, Heartland RV and Fleetwood Homes. Children’s food manufacturer Materne GoGo Squeez is undergoing an expansion, nearly doubling its footprint. Sorrento Lactalis recently had a large increase in its manufacturing capability of cheese, Sellers says.

As businesses invest, grow and create jobs, Nampa’s workforce partners are ready. With the addition of a state-of-the-industry technical center to the Nampa campus, CWI is working with the city to generate a skilled workforce and deliver continuing education critical for sustainability and growth of employment opportunities in the area.

Corporations like Amazon are utilizing CWI’s resources too, bringing the university on as an education partner through its Amazon’s Career Choice program. “We pride ourselves on accessibility to empower students wherever they are on their educational journey,” says CWI President Gordon Jones, in a press release.

Nampa’s diverse economy and quality of life make it a destination for growing businesses and workers at all stages of their careers.

“Nampa has an exceptional quality of life, where you can live, work and play in our community,” Sellers says. “Nampa’s biggest advantages are its friendly business climate, low unemployment rate and low cost of doing business.”

Cordova Outdoors in Nampa, Idaho
Cordova Outdoors

Made in Nampa

No matter who you are, you’ve probably bought something that was made in Nampa. Here are five fun – and functional – products made here:

Cordova Outdoors: Hard coolers, soft coolers, bags and drinkware are produced at Cordova Outdoors to better equip campers, hikers, hunters and anglers during their adventures.

Double R Trailers: Nampa has served as headquarters to Double R Trailers since 2002. Today, the company continues to produce custom-built cargo and recreational trailers for hauling items such as automobiles, snowmobiles, horses, livestock, motorcycles and concession stands.

Fleetwood Homes: Since 1950, Fleetwood Homes has built travel trailers and now builds custom-made residential manufactured homes. Fleetwood uses name-brand materials and appliances, partnering with companies such as Whirlpool, Georgia-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser, Moen, Congoleum, Rheem and Shaw.

Sorrento Lactalis: Part of the largest dairy products group in the world, Sorrento Lactalis is a France-based company whose Nampa manufacturing plant produces items like milk, cream and whey. The Nampa site also makes a variety of cheeses, including several American and Italian-style brands.

Amalgamated Sugar: For more than a century, Amalgamated Sugar has produced real sugar from farm to factory and then to customers at family tables. Today, their factories in Nampa, Twin Falls and Paul produce more than 2 billion pounds of sugar each year.

Other Companies: Other top world-class companies that are doing business in Nampa include Great American Snacks, Heartland RV, Materne GoGo Squeez, Mission Aviation Fellowship, onsemi, Plexus Corporation, Union Pacific and Woodgrain Millwork.

– Staff writer Kevin Litwin contributed to this article.

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