Simplot Closes Idaho Meat Plant

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

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.