To keep up with global demand, ConAgra Foods, Inc.’s Lamb Weston business—handling the company’s frozen potato products—will invest more than $200 million into expanding operations at its Richland, WA facility to add a french fry processing line.
Construction on the line will begin immediately and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2017. Once finished, the fry line will add 128 full time positions and increase annual processing capacity by more than 300 million pounds.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to help our customers realize their global growth projections, but we need to make more french fries to do that,” says Greg Schlafer, president, Lamb Weston. “Investing in capabilities like this is indicative of the opportunity we see in potatoes, and our specific opportunity at Lamb Weston to lead the category.”
Lamb Weston’s existing facility in Richland employs approximately 500 people, and was built in 1972. The company operates 22 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China.