Jun. 11, 2015

GoGo SqueeZ Opens New $85 Million Manufacturing Facility In Nampa, Idaho

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GoGo squeeZ, the leading brand of re-closable, squeezable applesauce in a pouch, announced the grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nampa, Idaho. The company made an $85MM investment in the new facility which will process and package GoGo squeeZ from apples to applesauce and bring 250 jobs to the Boise Valley.

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Sep. 21, 2015

Heartland Recreational Vehicles to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Nampa

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Heartland Recreational Vehicles, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, (NYSE:THO), one of the world leaders in recreational vehicle manufacturing, has selected Nampa, Idaho as the location for its new manufacturing facility to produce the company’s popular Heartland line of travel trailers. Once completed, Heartland expects to use the manufacturing facility to expand production for West Coast markets.

The total estimated investment is approximately $11-12 million for the 248,000 square-foot facility located at 900 Karcher Road in Nampa. Heartland expects to employ approximately 120 new workers and begin production in the first quarter of calendar 2016.

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Jan. 24, 2017

Gayle Manufacturing Finishes Caldwell Plant, Expects to be Operational by Summer

Now that construction of a 166,200-square-foot production facility is complete, Gayle Manufacturing Company President Gary Glenn said it will begin moving steel-fabrication equipment inside its new Caldwell plant.

“We will be operational to some extent within the next few months,” Glenn said of the company’s plans to be fully operational by this summer.

Out of the Caldwell facility, which is on the corner of Weitz Road and Simplot Boulevard, the company will manufacture steel beams, which Glenn described as the “skeleton that supports buildings.”

Previously, the company produced steel out of facilities it operates in Woodland, California, and a facility on Kings Road in Nampa. Eventually, it plans to produce the majority of the steel it fabricates out of the Caldwell facility.

Jul. 21, 2015

Boise-based global shoe company Telic brings manufacturing to Caldwell

Boise-based shoe company Telic will soon start manufacturing its shoes in Caldwell. For the past few years, Telic has relied on Okabashi, a shoes-and-sandals maker with a factory in Buford, Ga., for its manufacturing. But Telic is growing as orders rise. It has 15 employees in Idaho and plans to hire 10 more by the first quarter of 2016. The company is now shipping footwear to 2,000 buyers in 34 countries. Telic is on track to sell 300,000 shoes this year — and it could be selling even more if it could produce them, according to company leaders. 

As the owners sketched out their growth plans, they thought, “We’d like to do something local, (and) we found a partner that’s willing to invest” in equipment and manpower, Vice President Aaron Azzarito said. That partner is Caldwell's High Country Plastics.

Nov. 7, 2016

Priefert Manufacturing is a Family Business

by Lisa Holland

Boise is a place where family-owned businesses have deep roots. Companies like Simplot and Albertsons have thrived here because of the founders that believed in building a legacy for their business and their families. 

This month, Boise has a new family owned business to welcome to the community. Recently, Priefert Manufacturing announced that they would be expanding to the Boise Valley. Starting with a headgate for cattle and livestock, Marvin Priefert founded the company in 1964 and it has grown to be one of the largest farm, ranch and rodeo equipment manufacturers in the country. They produce a full line of products for the livestock handling industry, and also work in steel fabrication for other industries including oil and gas, trailer manufacturing, construction, and other equipment manufacturers. Today, the company is still owned and operated by the Priefert family. Marvin’s grandsons continue to innovate and serve new markets, working to uphold their grandfather’s legacy.

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Jan. 6, 2016

Local Company Plans to Bring Manufacturing of its Award-winning Technology to Boise

Boise-based American Semiconductor has built 25 percent of its new campus and plans to bring the manufacturing of its award-winning technology to the Treasure Valley from Arizona, California and Minnesota. 

In August, American Semiconductor moved to its new 9,000 sq. foot headquarters at 6987 W. Targee Street. The site has 3,000 feet of office space, 3,000 feet of unused future office space and 3,000 feet of manufacturing space.  American Semiconductor plans to double its staff of about 20 employees and construct an additional 18,000 square feet of manufacturing space. 

May. 19, 2015

Non-dairy MELT is spreading to new markets

MELT, a non-dairy buttery spread, is expanding. Its maker, Prosperity Organic Foods, moved April 26 from the downtown Boise’s Belgravia Building to larger quarters in the nearby Garro Building. The company hired five new employees between February and April, to 11 full-time employee positions. Prosperity’s expected revenues of $2.5 million this year are 60 percent higher than last year’s, said President and CEO Meg Carlson.

The company secured $3.5 million from current and new investors last year in its fourth round of funding. Treasure Valley Angel Fund has invested in two rounds of funding, in 2013 and 2014. Meanwhile, Prosperity, which started in 2008 in Hailey, is using a $450,000 Small Business Administration grant to develop new products, including one aimed at reducing childhood obesity that is due to start production this year.

Prosperity’s signature MELT product, a dairy-free butter substitute, is made at ZoRoCo Packaging in Caldwell. MELT entered Whole Foods in 2012 and sales are up 50 percent at that national grocer from a year ago, said Carlson. Carlson, a veteran of the food industry who started her career at Ore-Ida in the 1980s, is now working with Costco to come up with a product size that the chain can work with. She sees growth ahead. “There are many other smaller and natural and organic markets around the country, and we’re only in 25 percent of them,” Carlson said. “It’s time for us to be more present. We’re starting to reach that critical mass of consumers who have discovered MELT and incorporate it into their regular routine. It’s a staple and something you buy every time you go to the grocery store.”

Apr. 25, 2016

New Manufacturer (AMFEC) Celebrates Ground Breaking

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American Food Equipment Company (AMFEC), a food-processing equipment manufacturer, broke ground today in Caldwell on its new manufacturing facility. The California company plans to bring close to 90 new jobs with total wages over $4 million annually to the Valley as part of its national expansion.  

Jan. 9, 2015

New Business Brings Commercial 3D Printing to Idaho

by ​Jess Flynn

Product developers, designers and manufacturers have a new Idaho-based resource to help integrate 3D printing into their businesses.

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Dec. 28, 2016

Why Heartland RV Chose Nampa

"Why Heartland RV Chose Nampa."

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, one of the world leaders in recreational vehicle manufacturing, chose Nampa, Idaho as the location for its new manufacturing facility. This video explains

Dec. 12, 2014

Idaho PTECH: Building the Last Mile of Opportunity for Rural Students

The Idaho PTECH Network is a partnership between high schools, community colleges and employers so that the middle 50% of Idaho students, no matter where they live, can access college and jobs. 

Idaho PTECH students pick among three prominent local industries--Aerospace / Advanced Manufacturing, Technology and Healthcare--and spend part of their junior and senior high school years taking relevant online college classes through Idaho community colleges. The idea is that students can obtain an industry certificate and/or an associate’s degree within one to two years of high school graduation.

Jan. 26, 2015

California Manufacturer Relocates Headquarters to the Boise Valley

by ​Jess Flynn

Gayle Manufacturing Company (GMC), a national provider of structural steel for multi-story buildings, is expanding its presence in the Boise Valley by relocating its headquarters from Woodland, California to Caldwell and building a new steel fabrication manufacturing facility. The company has an existing operation in Nampa.

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Nov. 6, 2014

Diversified Fluid Solutions Expands in Boise

Diversified Fluid Solutions announced Thursday that it will expand its Boise facility from 11,000 to 40,000 sq ft and add 50 to 60 full-time jobs with benefits with the help of a tax reimbursement incentive credit from the State of Idaho. DFS makes chemical blending and distribution systems for a variety of industries, and is considered a leader in making those systems for semiconductor companies such as Micron.
Nov. 19, 2014

Materne to Open its Nampa Applesauce Plant this Month

Materne North America, which produces GoGo squeeZ applesauce, will open its new Nampa plant this month, less than a year after the company announced it would take over the former MPC Corp plant. The Nampa site will eventually have 250 employees, with 12 applesauce production lines set to be running by 2017. The first two lines will start operations in November, with the next batch of production lines now in transit from Europe.
Mar. 28, 2015

Nampa company produces 400 motorcycle parts

Pro Moto Billet

From R&D to 3D prototypes, to milling, manufacturing and testing - Pro Moto Billet designs and produces more than 400 parts for motorcycles and off-road vehicles out of its headquarters in Nampa. 

Jun. 12, 2015

Leading Locations for 2015: The “Recession Busting” and Year-Over-Year Growth Metros

by Area Development Magazine

Maintaining strong economic growth — year after year — is the mark of strong economic development leadership. Cities that show year-over-year growth typically follow well-devised economic development plans and make the investments needed to retain and attract business. Area Development Magazine recently ranked the Boise City-Nampa MSA tenth overall in this growth category. 

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Jun. 10, 2015

Companies flocking to Idaho make food processing a growth industry

GoGo squeeZ is one of the latest additions to a growing list of food manufacturers choosing either to relocate to Idaho or to expand operations already here. The roster of companies includes some of the largest job creators in recent years, many of whom complement Idaho’s bulwark industry, agriculture.

From 2004 to 2013, the number of Idaho food manufacturers rose 29 percent, to 302. The industry was Idaho’s 11th largest employer in 2014, according to the Idaho Department of Commerce, and it accounted for 18 percent of all foreign exports.

Commerce Director Jeff Sayer said Idaho is building its reputation as a destination for food manufacturing. His evidence: Idaho’s concentration of such businesses is twice the national average. “Facts are facts,” Sayer said. “Idaho is a food state.”

Apr. 21, 2016

American Food Equipment Company to Break Ground in Caldwell for Company Expansion

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American Food Equipment Company (AMFEC), a food-processing equipment manufacturer, breaks ground Monday, April 25 in Caldwell on its new manufacturing facility. The California company plans to bring close to 90 new jobs with total wages over $4 million annually to the Valley as part of its national expansion.  

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