J.R. Simplot officials closed the Simplot Meat Products plant in Nampa, ID, after trying all summer to sell it. The company says the plant, which closed Sept. 26, was “not turning a profit.” Company officials sent a letter to their 270 employees in late June warning them the plant would close by Sept. 19 if it wasn't sold.
For more than a decade, Simplot had been delivering specialized and branded meat products to customers around the U.S. and foreign markets including Canada, Mexico and the Pacific Rim.
The closure follows the closure of a Simplot ethanol plant and a French fry processing line. Other closures in potato processing appear to be in the works as demand for French fries and other specialty pre-cooked and prepared potato products has fluctuated over the past few years.