Hermiston Foods plant has yet to find a buyer

Staff photo by E.J. Harris

A little over a year after announcing the closure of Hermiston Foods, its parent company NORPAC is still actively marketing the property but hasn’t had a buyer yet.

NORPAC announced in early July of 2017 that it would be shutting down the vegetable-processing plant south of Hermiston later in the year, and closed down November 2017. Before its closure the plant was Hermiston’s ninth-largest employer.

Commercial real estate firm Kidder Mathews is marketing the property at 2250 S. Highway 395 with a website, www.hermistonfoodsproperty.com. The website states that the property includes 137,300 square feet of “state-of-the-art food processing facility” on 45.3 acres.

“With high clear height, very heavy power, expansion capabilities the facility can be adapted to handle many types of manufacturing and distribution,” it states. “The facility is considered relatively new in its construction and features and has been methodically maintained and is in excellent condition.”

Hermiston Foods opened in April 1990. When NORPAC announced its closure the company stated that its functions would be consolidated with facilities in Brooks and Quincy, Washington, for increased efficiency within the company. According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification sent to the state, 199 people were laid off, including 14 salaried employees,

While the plant is no longer processing produce, spokesperson Amy Wood said the offices there are still being used by the company’s field department, which still has crops in the area, for the time being.

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Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.

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