Clif Bar Opens New Idaho Plant

Aug 30, 2016

Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The city of Twin Falls and Clif Bar Tuesday celebrate the opening of a new plant that will bake all flavors of the company’s signature energy bars and a line of kid’s bars. The plant is nearly 300,000 square feet and employs more than 200 people with about 60 more to be added early next year. The lowest wage is $15 an hour.

The Twin Falls area has seen huge growth in the food manufacturing industry in recent years. But Clif Bar plant general manager Dale Ducommun says the main reasons his company chose Twin Falls were because it fit the company’s outdoor-lifestyle philosophy and that the city was very welcoming.

“The fact that Twin Falls is really a center for food manufacturing excellence was a small factor in our decision,” Ducommun says. “But there is not only a lot of food manufacturing here but there’s also good training available through the College of Southern Idaho. We took advantage of that too.”

He says the large food industry in the area did make hiring workers easy.

“We were able to get some very experienced people to work in our facility and they’re familiar with food processing,” Ducommun says. “We also recruited a number of people from out of state in technical positions.”

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