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Simplot’s Idaho potato processing plant winner of ‘Food Processing Green Plant of the Year’ award

J.R. Simplot Co. always has had a commitment to land stewardship. The company’s mission statement is “Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life.” Simplot’s potato processing plant in Caldwell, Idaho, recently earned a handful of accolades that reflect this commitment. It was recognized as the 2016 Industrial Project of the Year at the 31st Annual WateReuse Symposium. On the heels of that award, the plant also achieved gold status in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the U.S. Green Building Council. Last year, the plant added Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Dept. of Energy and an Idaho Governor’s Award for power reduction. But the best of all: The plant is the winner of this year’s Food Processing Green Plant of the Year competition. “We’ve been in business for almost 90 years and that kind of longevity requires a commitment to long-term sustainability and innovation,” says Alan Prouty, Simplot’s vice president of sustainability and regulatory affairs. “The great thing about sustainability is that, when done right, we not only reduce our impact on our natural surroundings, but improve our business process. More