ConAgra Lamb Weston told 250 workers at its Prosser (WA) potato processing plant last week that the plant will shut down on May 30.
ConAgra spokesman Jeff Mochal said the decision is a reflection of the economy and a soft market for frozen potato products, in conjunction with the Prosser plant being the most expensive to operate in the region.
A frozen food warehouse will stay open. About 30 people work there now, but Mochal said ConAgra hasn't yet decided how the company will staff the warehouse once the plant closes.
This comes about a month after ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston made the decision to shut down the oldest of its potato processing lines in its Twin Falls (ID) factory, affecting up to 120 employees.