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Idaho awards GoGo Squeez plant in Nampa a $500,000 grant

Bill Hurlbert, an apple dumper at Materne in Nampa, examines the apples as they enter the production lines for GoGo Squeez applesauce in 2015.
Bill Hurlbert, an apple dumper at Materne in Nampa, examines the apples as they enter the production lines for GoGo Squeez applesauce in 2015. doswald@idahostatesman.com

GoGo Squeez, which makes pureed fruit snacks in Nampa, will receive $500,000 from the Idaho Department of Labor to train workers for 85 new positions.

Those jobs will pay between $12 and $50 an hour, averaging $20.58 an hour, according to the department’s Thursday announcement. The grant will provide funding for at least 25 positions in-house or provided by third-party vendors.

The positions will include medical benefits, a requirement for receiving grants from the state’s Workforce Development Training Fund. The state reimburses qualified companies the cost of training new workers or retraining existing employees. Companies must produce a product or service sold outside of their regions to qualify.

GoGo Squeez is owned by Materne North America, a privately held subsidiary of Groupe MOM of France. The Nampa plant has 65 employees.

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