More than 1,100 workers are set to be shipped to Oregon this week, and the factory town packagers that make the food for the country’s farmers are set for a boost.
The plant in Oregon’s Beaverton, which is being constructed as part of a $1.3 billion federal program to modernize the nation’s packaging plants, is set to open on Oct. 6, and workers are already working hard to get the finishing touches on the new facility.
For a company that started as a farmhouse and now is a factory, it’s a lot to do in just one week.
For this one plant, we are getting more than 1 million pounds of fresh produce per day.
So, it is a lot.
And, we’re going to have a lot of work to do, but we’re excited to do it.
The new facility will produce enough food for Oregon’s farmers to meet demand in the coming years.
Oregon’s agriculture is among the most lucrative in the nation, with an average of $5.2 billion in sales annually.
About 25 percent of the state’s total exports go to the nation.
But the industry is also growing more volatile.
The price of raw materials like corn, soybeans and wheat are at record highs, while imports have been dropping.
So while the number of farmers in the state has been growing, so has the number struggling to feed them.
The Beaverton plant will produce a total of more than 4 million pounds per day, and that’s on top of the roughly 1,000 workers who are already on the job, said Steve Miller, the state food commissioner.
Miller said the new plant is a step in the right direction.
The company had been struggling to get workers and supplies to Oregon and the country, and he wanted to make sure it had a stable facility ready for that.
The state of Oregon has a number of other plants that will open as part, too.
The state of Washington, for example, is expanding its food processing facilities.