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Basic American Foods to close two Idaho plants

SHELLEY & BLACKFOOT – Basic American Foods (“BAF”), a division of Basic American, Inc., announced today its intention to phase out its manufacturing operations at its Shelley, Idaho facility and its Basic American Ingredients facility in Blackfoot, Idaho. BAF’s recently expanded, main facility in Blackfoot will remain open. This comes at the same time the company is investing in a significant expansion and improvement project at BAF’s Rexburg facility. The closures in Shelley and Blackfoot will ultimately allow BAF to grow and optimize its business for the future.

Bryan Reese, CEO, stated, “As with any project that impacts people, these are difficult decisions. We are very mindful of the impact these changes will have – particularly on our employees. As our employees and others would expect from BAF, we will help those who are impacted through their transitions.”

The closure process will occur over the next two years with a big portion of both plants anticipated to shut down toward the end of February 2020. The plan is to continue packaging operations at the Shelley facility until the middle of 2021. Warehousing and storage operations are expected to continue in Shelley.

Basic American Foods reinforced its commitment to help impacted employees and is coordinating local services and offering a severance pay plan to help with the transition.

Shaun Young, Chief Supply Chain Officer, stated “It is very tough to make a decision to close a manufacturing facility. This consolidation was necessary for the overall efficiency and long-term stability of our supply network. We regret any negative impact this may have on our employees and the community”.


About Basic American Foods:

Family owned and operated since 1933, Basic American Foods is a global leader in providing value added, branded shelf-stable potato and bean products to foodservice and retail. Its principal brands delivering preparation convenience with scratch-like taste include Brilliant Beginnings®, Potato Pearls®,

Golden Grill®, Classic Casserole®, Santiago®, and Idaho Spuds.