Caviness, Simplot jv moves forward

by MEAT+POULTRY staff
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KUNA, Idaho – Economic developers of this small town near Boise are hopeful that a new beef plant will stampede through the approval process without a hitch and make Ada County its home. County commissioners recently approved the project, which is a joint venture between Caviness Beef Packers and J.R. Simplot Company. One of the commissioners, Dave Case, told KTVB.com, a local news station, “Obviously, it will be good for the economy.”

Amarillo, Texas-based Caviness Beef and Boise, Idaho-based J.R. Simplot announced their intentions to build the $100 million plant earlier this year under the name CS Beef Packers LLC. Initial plans were for construction to begin in the spring, but that timeline has been modified. The 380,000-sq.-ft. plant is expected to break ground for construction this summer and should be operating by the fall of 2016. It will process as many as 1,700 head of cattle per day.

Case and other local politicians are looking forward to the 600 jobs the plant is expected to bring to the community. Kuna Mayor Greg Nelson told KTVB.com he expects the entire region to benefit from the building of the plant.

“I think it's really going to be beneficial for our economy here in Ada County. [And] I'm sure it's going to bring in some of the surrounding counties, too,” he said.

Caviness, which operates two processing plants in Amarillo and Hereford, Texas, is a family-owned business in its 53rd year.

JR Simplot is one of the largest privately owned companies in the world with locations in Australia, Canada, Mexico, Korea, Southeast Asia and China. The company employs 10,000, with businesses in frozen-food processing, fertilizer manufacturing, cattle feeding and other agriculture-related enterprises. The company owns more than 12 ranches with more than 30,000 head of cattle in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington State, according to its website.
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