Nampa plant gets a tax break to expand operations, plans to hire 40 more workers

Milne MicroDried, which makes dried fruit and vegetable products, plans to expand its plant in Nampa and hire 40 more employees during 2017.

The company announced the expansion, and that Canyon County awarded the company a tax exemption, in a news release Tuesday.

Based in Grandview, Wash., Milne MicroDried opened the Nampa plant in 2011 at 8100 E. Executive Ave. Today, 69 employees work there. The plant makes powders and ingredients used by food manufacturers.

The company will invest about $8.5 million in the plant. The tax exemption applies to $5.4 million in property value in 2017 and 2018, and up to $6.4 million in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The county can recapture taxes that would have been paid during that time if Milne MicroDried does not follow through on its expansion plan.

Nampa Mayor Bob Henry said the deal will help the city build a diverse manufacturing base.

“It’s important for Nampa to help already established industries as they grow to add more employees,” Henry said in the release.