Darigold selects Tri-Cities to build $500M protein and butter plant, creating 1,200 jobs

June 30, 2021

Darigold, Inc. is building a new premium protein and butter operation which will feature a suite of state-of-the-art technologies and strategies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When operational, these strategies will cut per unit emissions by 25% compared to our existing baseline. The agreement with the Port of Pasco in Washington marks yet another major milestone in implementing the farmer-owned cooperative’s 2050 carbon neutral goals.

“We are thrilled to welcome Darigold to Pasco and the Reimann as the anchor tenant in the Port’s largest industrial park. It’s incredibly rare to attract a project of this size and scope,” said Randy Hayden, the Port of Pasco’s Executive Director. “Darigold’s state-of-the-art facility will use the latest technology, serve as a model of sustainability, and create a new market for our region’s ag producers.”

TRIDEC would like to congratulate Darigold and Port of Pasco on this historic announcement. This is a significant step toward building a global, premium protein and butter operation at the Reimann Industrial Center that will be a huge win for the State of Washington and the Tri-Cities region.

The cooperation of the Washington State Legislature, Washington State Department of Commerce, Port of Pasco, City of Pasco, Franklin County and Franklin PUD is a model for effective economic development on a project of this scale.

Darigold Press Release     Port of Pasco Press Release

Darigold to build $500 million Tri-Cities plant, creating 1,200 jobs

By Allison Stormo, Tri-City Herald | July 1, 2021

Darigold will build a $500 million processing plant in Pasco under a new deal with the Port of Pasco.

When done, the plant that will make specialized protein powder and butter, will create 200 on-site jobs and addition 1,000 support service jobs.

More than half of the 400,000-square foot facility’s products are expected to be exported, particularly to Pacific Rim countries, said the port in a news release.

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Darigold picks Pasco for $500M protein and butter plant

By Wendy Culverwell, Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business | July 2021

Darigold Inc. will build its largest ever milk drying plant in Pasco, cementing the city’s status as one of the Northwest’s leading centers for food processing.

If completed,150 acres at the Port of Pasco’s future Reimann Industrial Center off Highway 395 will become home to the largest protein and butter plant of its type in North America. The 400,000-square-foot facility will cost an estimated $450 million to $500 million to construct.

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