Lamb Weston Expands Facility in Oregon
Lamb Weston recently celebrated the completed expansion of its operations in Hermiston, Oregon. The USD250m investment announced in 2017 adds a new processing line to the existing facility, increasing the company’s processing capacity for making frozen French fries. The expansion adds approximately 150 jobs to the local economy.
During a special grand opening ceremony, Lamb Weston President and CEO Tom Werner was joined by local elected officials and Lamb Weston Hermiston employees to commemorate the occasion.
“This expansion allows us to meet the growing global demand for French fries. We’re proud to be part of the community in Hermiston, and we’re especially grateful to our dedicated team and local partners who worked so diligently to make this expansion a reality,” said Werner.
The 300,000 sqft. the state-of-the-art expansion adds a new processing line to the company’s existing facility, increasing production capacity by approximately 300m pounds annually. More than 500 employees will make nearly 750m pounds of frozen French fries annually. Products made in Hermiston are served in restaurants in the U.S. and globally.
Lamb Weston partnered with several officials and organizations in Hermiston and Oregon to establish its plans for expansion to include: Governor Kate Brown’s office, the City of Hermiston, Umatilla County & Commissioner Bill Elfering, and Rep. Greg Walden.
Lamb Weston is one of the area’s largest employers. A frozen potato industry leader, the company operates 25 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, China, and Australia.