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The state of Idaho was just awarded the 2022 Silver Shovel Award by Area Development Magazine. 

The award recognizes Idaho’s top projects and Idaho Commerce’s mission to support businesses and job expansion in Idaho. The projects recognized by the award will create significant new jobs and capital investment across Idaho.

Hear directly from the companies that were part of recent expansion and relocation projects in Idaho, and learn more about why they decided to, and continue to, do business in Idaho, below.

For more information on doing business in Idaho, contact us.

AZEK is a company creating low-maintenance outdoor living products that replace wood. The company has set up shop in a 350,000-square-foot production facility in Boise and is expected to bring over 140 jobs. Learn more.

Artisan Labs is a cosmetic manufacturing company that located to Hansen, Idaho. The company will create approximately 170 jobs. Learn more.

Jervois Mining is a leading cobalt company focused on becoming a global supplier in the emerging battery metals market. Jervois acquired the Idaho Cobalt Operations, located in Salmon, Idaho, in 2019. The site is on track to commence commercial production by the end of 2022 and create over 160 jobs. Learn more.

Hempitecture is a plant-based building materials company headquartered in Ketchum. Hempitecture utilizes the husk of hemp stalks to produce building products such as Hempcrete and HempWool. Read about the company here and here.

Lamb Weston is a food processing company headquartered in Eagle, Idaho. It is one of the world’s largest producers and processors of frozen french fries and other potato products. Learn more. 

“We chose Sun Valley as the destination to bring participants due to the unique offerings of Idaho and the community around Sun Valley.  The area offers year-round outdoor activities with the sun shining most of the time, so it is easy to engage outside. Sun Valley and Ketchum are easy to recruit and once employees are engaged and on board, it is easy to retain them. There is also a strong professional community that has settled in the area, so finding local talent was easier than anticipated.

We have relocated from a coastal city where the regulations and cost of doing business are often overwhelming.  The government officials we deal with in Idaho are there to support businesses and help them accomplish their objectives. We will continue to expand our base of operations in Idaho versus other states.  Every employee we have relocated or hired in Idaho do not plan to go anywhere else, and neither do we!”Jim Crystal, Revelry Group

The Revelry Group develops and commercializes food and beverage products — for outside contracted companies and products it markets on its own. The products it develops end up on restaurant menus and grocery store shelves. The company works for the largest food and beverage manufacturers in the world as well as global restaurant chains. Learn more.

“Idaho has a lot to offer in terms of feedstock for renewable natural gas facilities, and the local and state communities have been outstanding to work with. We’ve appreciated the welcoming attitude, from the local coffee shop to a local excavation contractor. Our experience in Idaho has been a great one. Leaders in the state…

Pocatello’s local government officials and community have been incredibly welcoming and helpful. All Morton employees who have traveled to the area for our project have experienced kindness and sincere willingness to assist at every juncture.” – Roger Bauer, Morton Buildings Inc.

Morton Buildings is the industry leader in post-frame manufacturing and construction for farm, residential, equestrian and commercial buildings. Morton is currently building a new 67,428 square-foot manufacturing facility in Pocatello, Idaho, expected to begin operations by 2023. The plant includes space for manufacturing, cold storage and office space. With the new plant in Pocatello, Morton expects to hire 20 to 30 employees initially and expand employment to meet growth needs. Learn more.

“The city and county officials in Emmett have been wonderful to work with.  It has made moving into Idaho as smooth and welcoming as possible. The economic development people, especially Western Alliance, the mayor and city council of Emmett, and the staff at the chamber of commerce have been a wealth of knowledge and great help assimilating into the community. Emmett really has a small-town feel that allows business to be personal. ” – Kari Way, Wasco

Wasco is a second-generation family-owned business that designs, manufactures and sells ultra-high purity sensors for a variety of industries.  Wasco began manufacturing in Emmett, Idaho at the end of 2021. In the next 5 years, the company expects to bring 50 jobs to Emmett and grow the company by over 60%. Learn more.

Bear Beans Co. grows and produces scratch-made, quality, ready-to-eat beans. The company is located in Rupert, Idaho. Learn more.

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MetalQuest Unlimited is a leader in manufacturing tolerance precision machined component parts. MetalQuest specializes in advanced machinery, computer-controlled inspection, traceability and on-time delivery. Recently, MetalQuest expanded to Post Falls, Idaho. Learn more.

GoGo SqueeZ

GoGo squeeZ is a flagship brand of Materne North America, a French-owned company with headquarters in New York City. GoGo squeeZ is a squeezable, resealable fruit-based snack. In 2019, Materne selected Nampa for a production line expansion, creating a positive ripple effect throughout the community. The company purchases fruit and ingredients from local suppliers and has added more than 50 jobs. Learn more. 

Western Aircraft

Western Aircraft offers aircraft services and management for aircraft avionics, maintenance, interiors, parts, sales and more. Western Aircraft is one of the largest aircraft service companies in the west and is based in Boise, Idaho. Learn more. 


Scoular creates reliable and safe agricultural supply chain solutions, serving offices and facilities around the world. Scoular buys, sells, handles and processes grain and ingredients, as well as manages transportation and logistics worldwide. Scoular is headquartered in Nebraska but has five locations in Idaho — Aberdeen, Bancroft, Grace, Jerome and Ogden. Learn more.

Lamb Weston

Lamb Weston is a food processing company headquartered in Eagle, Idaho. It is one of the world’s largest producers and processors of frozen french fries and other potato products. Learn more. 

True West Beef

Idaho has a business-friendly climate, a strong Ag economy, and access to over 2 million head of high-quality cattle within its borders. As we evaluated locations on where to expand with a new beef packing facility, it was readily apparent that we had the strong support of the state. Idaho Commerce was an instrumental partner in encouraging us to apply for tax and business incentives that would become the decisive factors in helping us make the decision to expand in Idaho.” – Jay Theiler, AgriBeef. 

True West Beef, a new partnership between Agri Beef and a group of ranchers and feeders, has announced plans to build a processing plant in Jerome, Idaho. The expansion will give Idaho ranchers more competition and better prices for their cattle. Learn more.


“Idaho has an excellent workforce. Idaho has some of the most innovative executives in the U.S. We have found local and state government to be exceptionally business-friendly. Everyone is very cooperative. We really enjoy working in Idaho. We have long-term plans to increase our footprint of innovative facility development in the state. ” – Kenneth Brown, Frigitek

Frigitek is a technology-focused logistics start-up that solves problems in the cold chain by providing infrastructure and services to buyers and sellers of perishable goods. Recently, the company broke ground on a large cold-storage facility at the Pocatello Regional Airport in Idaho. Learn more.


The rich agriculture industry is certainly what brought Lactalis American Group to Idaho in the late 1990’s, but it is that paired with the collaborative business community and access to local-level resources that keep us investing here. Lactalis American Group sees great promise in the Nampa facility. Because of the business-friendly environment in the state, we have been able to make regular investments in our facility in the more than twenty years we have been operating in Nampa. The company has a renewed focus on sustainability, is currently highly concentrated on building our workforce and we continue to eye future investments and expansions on the horizon. ” – Amanda Watson, Lactalis.

Lactalis American Group is part of Groupe Lactalis, a world leader in dairy. Groupe Lactalis employs more than 85,000 in 94 countries and purchased it’s Nampa facility in 1999. The facility is now 326,000 sq. ft and is the largest in the U.S.. More than 700 people work at the Nampa facility. The company has made considerable investments in the facility in Nampa over the years. Learn more. 

Pet IQ

“Conducting business in Idaho has contributed greatly to our success. Our state and local leaders support our growth. The pool of qualified talent is exceptional and committed to excellence and the atmosphere of commitment to balance makes Idaho an extraordinary place to live and work.  In Idaho, it is easy to attract and retain top talent due to the great companies that call Idaho home and all the state has to offer, creating an unparalleled work/life balance.” John Newland, PetIQ

PetIQ is based in Eagle, Idaho, and redefining pet health by giving pet parents a smarter way to take care of pets. PetIQ educates its audience on the importance of preventive veterinary care and gives pet parents access to affordable veterinary services and wellness products. Learn more. 

Production Technologies Inc.

Production Technologies Inc. began in 2002 out of a parking lot in Logan, Utah. PTI designs and creates unique solutions for problems that manufacturers face. Their products are based in steel fabrication, serving industries such as agriculture, amusement, construction and solar. PTI recently selected Preston, Idaho for their relocation and construction of a new 33,000 square foot facility. Learn more.