Idaho leaders announce $90 million Dutch investment in Burley

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Gray DC) - Burley welcomes the Dutch. A company from across the Atlantic is bringing jobs to Magic Valley. At the SelectUSA Investment Conference just outside the nation’s capital, Governor Butch Otter, alongside US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, announced the Dutch company is cooking up a $90 million frozen storage facility.

Doug Manning says the investment from NewCold will provide opportunity across the region.

“It’s bigger than just the investment because number one it’s the state of the art,” said Otter.

The governor says the proposed 180,000 square foot facility will help keep Idaho producers’ costs down. The Dutch investment is the latest in the trend of foreign direct investment in Idaho.

“They really embraced us with our new ideas,” said Jonas Swarttouw, U.S. country manager for NewCold.

He says their business plan is built on following customers as they expand. One of those customers, McCain Foods led a charge into Burley and NewCold is right behind.

“Then of course we found out it’s one of the biggest growth regions in food production in the country. So that confirmed our interest,” said Swarttouw.

So what does this mean for Burley? Doug Manning, director of economic development in Burley says jobs.

“What we try to do is give people employment options and try to create jobs that pay well, that have benefits, that can provide a future for them and their families,” said Manning.

Manning and Swarttouw confirmed the facility will produce 100 low and high skilled jobs. Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar says he expects this announcement to have a ripple effect across the region, as the popular yogurt company Chobani did when it swirled its way into Twin Falls.

“We continue to see that incremental investment from international companies as well as U.S. based companies finding what the magic is in the Magic Valley,” said Barigar.

As for when Burley will meet its new neighbors, the governor says the facility opening is slated for spring 2019.