A new potato processing facility is coming to Pasco, thanks to Easterday Farms. The Port of Pasco announced it had sold 12.5 acres to the Easterday family in August to build the facility on. It is estimated that around 40 people will be employed at the plant.
Construction has started on the 80,000 square foot packing plant and it is anticipated that it will be completed around May 15th. The family has grown and packed fresh onions but this will be the first step into the fresh potato market.
The Port of Pasco has one more undeveloped parcel left in the industrial area and hopes to attract another food processing facility. Food processing plants in the Tri-Cities are rapidly becoming major employers to many Tri-Citians.
Easterday’s chose the spot because of the access to the freeway and fresh water, indicating that it is an ideal spot for food manufacturing.