Kapstone planning nearly $30 million expansion to Twin Falls plant

Published: Mar. 16, 2018 at 10:05 PM MDT
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Kapstone announced plans to expand their Twin Falls factory this week.

The packaging company is working on a $25 to $30 million dollar upgrade. It will largely be for new machinery and could come with at least seven more jobs in Twin Falls.

“It will allow us to ensure that the plant will be here and providing good stable jobs and great opportunities for the Twin Falls community for the next 20 years,” said David Crawford, the general manager of the Twin Falls Factory.

Kapstone is moving forward with the project after Twin Falls County Commissioners approved a tax exemption to expand in the area.

Crawford said the expansion has become necessary because of increased demand from local businesses. Companies like Clif Bar, Glanbia and Jerome Cheese are some of their largest customers. So as those companies have expanded, their orders have increased.

“As we’ve grown with them we’ve been at our near capacity,” Crawford said.

Kapstone is also working more with online retail giant Amazon at local facilities.

Southern Idaho Economic Development said that support from local lawmakers and businesses helped Kapstone decide on expanding their Twin Falls location.

“When businesses are trying to look for ways to help their businesses grow having a supportive welcoming community is always a plus,” said Connie Stopher, SIEDO’s director.

Kapstone expects to have the facility upgrades finished by the end of June. They have been moving machinery around in their current location to make room for massive new technology.