Lamb Weston affari will expand operations at its facility in Richland, Washington, with the addition of a new french fry processing line, following an investment of USD200m which is expected to add 128 full time positions.
This capacity expansion will allow Lamb Weston to continue its global growth. Construction on the state-of-the-art processing line is expected to begin immediately, with completion in the fall of 2017. Once complete, the added line is expected to 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,” said 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.” He added, “We’re proud to be a part of the community in the Tri Cities, and expanding in Richland is a natural extension of our existing presence here. We’re especially grateful to the community partners who worked with us to bring this expansion plan to life.”
Lamb Weston partnered with several officials and organizations in the Tri Cities and Washington to establish its plans for expansion. The company’s existing facility in Richland employs approximately 500 people, and was built in 1972.