This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.
You may not recognize the name, but you’ll know the products. Anytime you eat a processed potato —a McDonald’s French Fry, an Ore-Ida Tater Tot or Reser’s Potato Salad — it probably came through machinery from Idaho Steel. This Idaho Falls company has developed a lot of the technology around potato processing. Their equipment has helped plants around the world run more efficiently, use less energy and decrease the amount of waste.
Davis Christensen, a second generation owner of the business, with brothers Alan and Delynn Bradshaw, says they’ve grown considerably in the last few years. Their partnership with the Dutch firm Kiremko has opened many doors in building their international presence, so they’re doing work throughout North America, Asia, South America and Europe. In fact, you can find them on every continent except Antarctica. This year Kiremko is turning 50, so, they’ll hold a celebration for the company in May.
Another part of their growth has come from customers who are planning new factories throughout the northwest, including the new Simplot facility in Caldwell. Davis said the next generation is getting involved with the business. You’ll find quite a few parent/child relationships within their 250 employees. However, everyone in management positions starts at the bottom and works their way up.
Find them online at idahosteel.com.
For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.
Idaho Steel Products
255 E. Anderson
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401