Insurance to Decide Whether Washington Plant will Rebuild

July 30, 2008

Wild River Foods is waiting for a decision on insurance coverage before deciding whether to rebuild the potato processing plant in Grandview, Wash. gutted by a July 1 fire.

The plant owned by Ochoa Ag Unlimited Foods of Boise produced french fries and hashbrowns. The fire left 140 employees without work.

The potato plant contributed about $70,000 in utility taxes to the city of Grandview. This month, the city council cut about $76,000 from the 2008 budget. The cuts include eliminating the animal control officer’s position, closing the pool early and not filling three seasonal parks maintenance jobs.

Source: Yakima Herald-Republic.

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