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Washington Potato lays off 62 workers at Warden facility

Washington Potato lays off 62 workers at Warden facility

February 12, 2021
The Washington Potato Co. facility in Warden still smolders the next morning and smoke fills the air after a fire broke out in a potato dehydrator the afternoon of Jan. 21, prompting a response from fire departments across Grant and neighboring Adams counties.
Overnight, the Washington Potato Company potato dehydration plant in Warden, Washington, burned down.

Washington Potato Company Dehydration Plant in Warden destroyed by fire.

January 22, 2021
The Washington Potato Company potato dehydration plant in Warden, Washington, was destroyed by a massive fire overnight. The fire caused the immediate evacuation of about a third of nearby town of Warden (pop: 2700) for several hours due to concerns that an ammonia tank located in the plant could burst.
After backing out of an original offer entirely, the Oregon Potato Company now offers to purchase a single NORPAC facility

After backing out of an original offer entirely, the Oregon Potato Company now offers to purchase a single NORPAC facility

November 17, 2019
US Farmer cooperative NORPAC Foods filed a motion in bankruptcy court Friday afternoon to sell its Quincy, Washington, plant for USD 93.5 million to Oregon Potato Company.
J.R. Simplot to court to seek control of troubled affiliates

J.R. Simplot turns to court to seek control of troubled affiliates

December 12, 2016
Agribusiness giant J. R. Simplot is seeking receivership over two of its vegetable suppliers, claiming mismanagement of the $400-million-grossing companies threatens 2,000 jobs and could end in bankruptcy without court intervention.
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Oregon Potato Company pays EPA penalty for failing to report ammonia release

January 27, 2012
Oregon Potato Company failed to report an anhydrous ammonia release at their facility in Warden, Washington and will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a $66,235 penalty.
Washington Potato Company fined $99.000 after worker hurt

Washington Potato Company fined $99.000 after worker hurt

April 07, 2011
This week, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries investigation cited Washington Potato Company for 12 serious safety violations and three repeat serious violations with a $99,000 penalty.

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