ConAgra to invest $30 million in Lamb Weston expansion

by Rebekah Schouten
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ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston facility in Boardman, Oregon
ConAgra is expanding its Lamb Weston facility in Boardman, Ore.

EAGLE, IDAHO — ConAgra Foods, Inc. is investing $30 million to expand its Lamb Weston business operations at the Boardman, Ore., facility.

The investment will add additional processing capacity for production of formed offerings such as hash brown patties and potato puffs. Construction on the processing line, which will increase processing capacity by approximately 50 million lbs, is expected to be complete in 2017. Once complete, the new line is expected to add 50 jobs.

Greg Schlafer, Lamb Weston, ConAgra Foods
Greg Schlafer, president of Lamb Weston

“With the frozen potato category growing globally, we have tremendous opportunity to support our customers’ growth in the U.S. and around the world,” said Greg Schlafer, president of Lamb Weston. “To capture that growth, we need to make more products. Expanding our operations in the Columbia Basin — with access to great potatoes, people and ports — just makes sense.”

ConAgra added a new fry line to the Boardman facility in 2014, adding 300 million lbs of capacity. That $200 million project included plans for the addition of the formed product processing line.
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