ConAgra Foods Undertakes $200 Million Expansion of Boardman Frozen Potato Processing Facility

In early 2013, Oregon officials including Governor John Kitzhaber welcomed the news that global food giant ConAgra Foods, Inc., would undertake a $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato processing plant in Boardman resulting in an expected 130 new, full-time jobs.

"We are excited about ConAgra's commitment to expand its operations in the Columbia Basin," said Governor Kitzhaber. "This is a great example of a successful partnership between the state of Oregon, the Port of Morrow, the city of Boardman and Morrow County to help ensure that a major employer expands in the area for years to come."

The $200 million expansion plans call for construction of a 192,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art addition expected to be completed in 2014.

Business Oregon Director Tim McCabe, joined by local officials and company executives, presented the company with a $350,000 check for a forgivable loan from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF). The award is contingent upon the company creating 130 new full-time jobs while also retaining an additional 1,500 full-time equivalent jobs in existing Oregon workforce over a two-year period.

In addition to the SRF loan, the city and county officials extended enterprise zone benefits to the company for the expansion and Business Oregon's Infrastructure Finance Authority expects to work with the Port of Morrow on infrastructure improvements at the site.

"This expansion also reflects our confidence in the region's growers to deliver high-quality potatoes while working with state and local government to ensure long-term, sustainable growing practices," said Rick Martin, vice president, Global Operations, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston. "We specifically appreciate the efforts and support of the Columbia River Enterprise Zone, Port of Morrow, city of Boardman, Morrow County and the state of Oregon and are proud to be an active part of this thriving community."

ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston is one of the largest employers in the Columbia River Basin—an area known for growing high-quality potatoes and other vegetables. The company operates seven facilities in the region employing nearly 4,500 people, including 500 employees in Boardman and 500 in Hermiston, OR.