Clif Bar plant in Twin Falls readies for opening

An architect’s rendering of the Clif Bar plant being built in Twin Falls.
An architect’s rendering of the Clif Bar plant being built in Twin Falls. Provided by Clif Bar

Clif Bar has finished heavy construction on its Twin Falls bakery, hired 170 workers and completed more than 25,000 hours of training for its new employees. But the company still hasn’t settled on a date to open the plant.

The Emeryville, Calif., company had originally hoped for April when it broke ground on the 275,000-square-foot bakery last spring.

“The bakery will begin operating in late spring,” spokeswoman Kate Torgersen said Thursday. “The exact date is to be determined. We are planning to celebrate the opening of the bakery later in the summer.”

Clif Bar is the latest large food manufacturer to open a plant in the Magic Valley. Construction on the $90 million bakery began last April on 90 acres in an industrial park south of the Chobani yogurt plant. Production lines are ready, and landscaping work began recently, Torgersen said.

It will be Clif Bar’s first company-owned bakery. Its organic energy bars, drinks and snacks are all produced by contractors.

The plant has helped foster a rise in interest in organic farming in Idaho.

Clif Bar has pledged to pay what it calls a “living wage,” and all of its employees will be full-time. Clif Bar promised to create at least 200 full-time equivalent jobs by December 2018. Clif Bar plans to hire 40 more workers over the next few months and is now filling maintenance and warehouse jobs.

New Clif Bar Baking Co. employees have been training since December, including three weeks of instruction at the College of Southern Idaho. Employees are expected to move into their offices in early May.

The Idaho Statesman contributed.