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Simplot potato processing plant closures delayed

Simplot potato processing plant closures delayed

By Associated Press. CREATED Aug 12, 2014

ABERDEEN, Idaho (AP) -- The J.R. Simplot Company has delayed the closure of two potato processing plants in Idaho.

Simplot spokesman David Cuoio told the Capital Press that layoffs at the Aberdeen plant are now expected to happen in September, and the Nampa plant will likely close Oct. 31.

The company initially planned to close both facilities this spring, but decided to keep them open longer after getting more customer orders than expected.

Another J.R. Simplot plant has already been demolished in Caldwell. A new facility has been built in Caldwell to replace the demolished plant, as well as the Nampa and Aberdeen plants.

The new facility will be staffed by about 300 workers, with a net loss of about 750 employees between the three plants.