From Mayor Henry: Company’s $85 million investment in Nampa good news for local economy

At the State of the City address I showed a picture of Economic Development Director Beth Ineck smiling and said:  “I want Beth smiling like that all the time as she shares her successes.” Beth and her team worked incredibly hard this past year when they hosted 12 site visits for 7 different companies in 2013.  These meetings were in addition to those with many local area developers who also brought new businesses to Nampa. Read the full speech here.

And that hard work has paid off. Since August, Beth has worked with a company called Materne North America – the makers of GoGosqueeZ. The company’s goal is to make it easier for families to be healthier and happier with a squeezable, re-sealable 100 percent fruit in a pouch. Demand for portable fruit product has grown to the point that the Michigan-based company, originally founded in France, needs a manufacturing plant in the West.

Materne North America will be housed at a site formerly owned by Micron Technology, Inc., 906 East Karcher Road, which has been vacant since 2007. Production could start as early as this fall. And once up and going at full capacity, the Nampa plant is expected to produce 60 percent of the product sold in the U.S.

That’s good news for Nampa because it means a minimum of 230 jobs at an average hourly wage of $16.

Beth, who has been with the city since May 2007, has been the director of Economic Development in Nampa for less than a year. Her focus is on bringing good jobs to the area via strong industrial and commercial development.
Materne North America/ GoGosqueeZ is such a company.

This is even better news for the Treasure Valley. And it’s an excellent example of local and state governments working together to boost Idaho’s economy. I’m very proud of Beth Ineck who played the key role in Nampa to make this happen.

I hope you saw the front page of the Idaho Press-Tribune announcing the good news. I had just confessed during Thursday’s special City Council meeting that my grandchildren love the squeezable applesauce and that they love to squirt it in my mouth … and sometimes they miss.

Then Councilwoman Pam White decided to try GoGosqueeZ it herself when the photographer snapped this fun front page photo.

Yes, it was all smiles when the City Council gave the go-ahead to sign the contract with the company.

Gov. Butch Otter wasn’t there, but he said this in a press release:

“On behalf of the State of Idaho, I’m proud to welcome Materne North America to the Treasure Valley,” Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said. “Idaho is becoming a national leader in food processing, and we are thrilled to welcome a new employer with such a stellar reputation to our state.  I’m proud and grateful to the people and leaders of the City of Nampa and Canyon County, to local economic development officials, Lt. Governor Brad Little, and to Director Jeff Sayer and his team at the Idaho Department of Commerce who helped make this great news possible.”

And the Canyon County Commissioners also played a key role in this effort by offering a five-year property tax exemption incentive program.  Here’s what they had to say:

“Today’s announcement is wonderful news for Canyon County.  Materne North America is a strong company with a growing reputation and we couldn’t be happier with their decision to invest in a new state-of-the-art facility that will bring hundreds of good jobs to the area.  And when you couple it with Canyon County’s already strong agricultural economy, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

It is indeed a win-win for everyone. And we expect more good news announcements down the road. After all, we need to keep Beth smiling.

If you missed the announcement, here are the stories on line.  Idaho Press-Tribune and Idaho Statesman.


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