From the beginning, J.R. Simplot makes business decisions for the long term. He meets a vital military need for less cumbersome food products during World War II by building one of the first vegetable dehydrating operations. To create a reliable supply of shipping boxes, J.R. starts a lumber company.
This breakthrough, first made possible by Simplot scientists in 1946, saves foodservice customers time, money, and storage space by eliminating the need for keeping large quantities of fresh potatoes onsite for hand-cut french fries.
J.R. Simplot begins acquiring cattle that are fed by-products from his potato processing plant in Caldwell, Idaho, creating a valuable feed resource from what had previously been considered scraps and thrown away. Waste water from plant processes is used to irrigate nearby farm fields.
J.R. Simplot dedicates a wastewater treatment facility at the Company’s Heyburn, Idaho, potato plant. The Company begins installing anaerobic digesters at its potato processing operations to treat plant wastewater and improve techniques for using that water to irrigate farm land.
The Company begins a program to restore land at its phosphate mines to original condition. This reclamation plan continues today, and has been improved thanks to improved native seed mixes.
The Company completes an underground pipeline to transport liquefied phosphate ore from Smoky Canyon Mine near the Wyoming border to its Pocatello, Idaho fertilizer manufacturing plant. This 87-mile connection eliminates the need for shipping ore by rail car, which reduces transportation charges and saves energy.
Land & Livestock builds a grain-loading terminal at Mountain Home, Idaho, that is unique in the western states. The terminal accommodates freight trains with more than 100 cars, reducing costs and increasing efficiency by bringing more corn in one trip to feed cattle at the nearby Grand View feedlot.
The Company completes construction of a 267,000-square-foot potato processing plant at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. The location of the plant near East Coast markets, efficiency of stateof-the-art equipment and a nearby supply of quality raw potatoes promises sustainable operations for many years to come.
Due to its leadership in energy efficiency, Simplot is invited by the U.S. Department of Energy to join the Save Energy Now Leader program and publicly formalize their goal of a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity over 10 years.
Two industrial factories reduce their energy intensity 25 percent, meeting their Department of Energy goal three years into a 10-year pledge.
Simplot Plant Sciences announces Innate™ technology, the biotechnology platform for improving crops, leading to new and better foods. The first generation of the technology was utilized in Innate™ potatoes with reduced levels of black spots and bruising leading to better quality, fewer rejections and less consumer waste. Read more
Moses Lake employees who were principally involved in earning a prestigious environmental award from the Association of Washington Business. Read more