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Officials break ground for new plant

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Posted at 3:38 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 16:45:05-04

A food-processing equipment manufacturer touting 89 new jobs for the Caldwell area broke ground on Monday, April 25th.

The Hayward, California-based company is expected to hire 89 employees over the next nine years at an average salary of $44,800. A full $13,000 over the average wage of Canyon County workers.

American Food Equipment Company was approved for a Tax Reimbursement Incentive and Workforce Development Training by Idaho to assist in the construction.

“AMFEC outgrew the existing Hayward, California location; and that location was landlocked preventing expansion of the current facility. As we looked beyond our California home for a location to support our growth, the passionate recruitment and support from Idaho Commerce and the communities of Nampa and Caldwell made this Valley an excellent choice,” said Darrell “Gus” Gustaveson of American Food Equipment Company. “The work ethic and availability of labor in this market stood out, along with the Workforce Development Training dollars to help us bring that workforce up to speed for our specific manufacturing needs.”

AMFEC plans to invest $7.7 million in building a 61,000 square foot manufacturing facility and 6,400 square foot office on 10 acres in the Sky Ranch Business Center.

The plant is expected to be open by late fall 2016.