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Special assistance approved for laid-off Simplot workers

More than 1,000 laid-off workers at Simplot Corp. potato processing operations in Nampa, Caldwell, Aberdeen and Heyburn are now eligible for special assistance in finding new jobs, under a union petition approved by the federal government under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The benefits, similar to those recently announced for laid-off Micron Technology workers, are for those laid off from Aug. 14, 2012 through late 2015, the Idaho Department of Labor announced today.

The union petition, from the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, came after the company announced it would close facilities in those cities in favor of a new, higher-tech plant in Canyon County that will need only a quarter of the workers and will open next spring. The assistance includes no-cost retraining, job-search and relocation aid and more; click below for the full announcement.

Simplot to cut up to 800 Idaho jobs

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The J.R. Simplot Co. is planning to build a new potato processing plant in Caldwell. But it's coming at a cost for the company's employees elsewhere in Idaho. Company executives announced Wednesday plans to build a 380,000-square-foot facility designed to help keep Simplot competitive. Officials say the new facility in Caldwell means the company will shut down older plants in Aberdeen and Nampa in the next two or three years, resulting in the loss of fewer than 800 jobs. Spokesman David Cuoio says competitors have better plants that are more efficient and Simplot needs to modernize to keep pace. The new facility will be built on the site of the company's original potato processing plant in Caldwell. Executives are not releasing the cost of the new plant.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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