Season on track for Monte Vista Potato Growers

SAM 0145With a new facility and line running well and storage quality good, General Manager Jason Tillman at Monte Vista Potato Growers near Monte Vista, CO, said his operation will run through the end of July and perhaps get a bit of an earlier start next September. “The season overall is going alright, but we’ve seen movement slow down a bit after the holidays. There’s generally a slowdown this time of year, and we’re still going to hit our schedule pretty easily,” Tillman said, adding, “One thing we are concerned about is the increase in Colorado’s minimum wage.” “It’s already hit hard, and what it will cause is more automation,” Tillman said. “Eventually here we’ll go to more automatic stacking and racking. We have to — machines don’t need a day off or workman’s comp. Hopefully minimum wage will be increased nationally so Colorado can compete in the marketplace.” More