Prosser, WASH – 250 jobs are lost in Prosser as ConAgra Lamb Weston closes its potato plant.
Parent company ConAgra blames restaurant market conditions for the closure. Jeff Mochal representing ConAgra says people aren't eating out as much with the uncertain economy. And that means restaurants aren't ordering french fries and other frozen potato products like they have in the past.
The plant closure date of May 30th was announced this morning to employees. Some employees will be offered job opportunities at plants in Pasco, Richland, Hermiston, Boardman or Patterson, but Mochal did not know how many. Workers at the Prosser plant are a mix of seasonal and full time employees.
Representatives of ConAgra also met with Prosser city officials this morning to explain the closure.
Mochal reports the company will end up buying fewer potatoes from local farmers, but did not provide details.