Making up almost nine percent of the State’s economy, manufacturing serves as one of several key industries in Idaho and the Boise Valley.  From solar panels to avionics components, and trailers to locomotive engines, the Boise Valley is home to a wide range of manufacturing companies.

True to its entrepreneurial spirit, many of the Boise Valley’s manufacturing companies were founded by those that recognized a unique need – such as a desire for lighter, more durable rifle stocks for Olympic level biathlon competitors – who were then able to develop products and solutions to meet those needs.

Today, manufacturing companies and facilities are located throughout the Boise Valley, and employ a highly skilled workforce in excess of 26,000, and is an industry that state forecasters expect to see growth in this year.

The manufacturing industry in the Boise Valley also benefits from the College of Western Idaho (CWI), the fastest growing community college in the nation. Serving over 20,000 students, CWI offers a wide range of professional technical training programs that provide invaluable skills for the manufacturing industry such as machine tool technology, welding and metal fabrication, electronics technology and many more. They are also able to utilize workforce development training funds to create individualized programs to educate and train the workforce.

Manufacturing Quick Facts:

  • Accounts for almost nine percent of State’s economy
  • Over 26,000 workers throughout the Boise Valley employed in manufacturing industry
  • Products manufactured in the Boise Valley are used and seen throughout the country and around the globe

Mark Warner, Vice President and General Manager
Motive Power

contact_us_button-1.jpg“We compete with many firms on the east coast and in the Midwest, and we’ve found ourselves to be extremely competitive. The Boise Valley’s low energy costs, low insurance costs, competitive wage rates, and the general atmosphere of cooperation from government leaders have all contributed positively to our growth and bottom line.”  Read on.>>

Priefert Manufacturing 
Priefert is one of the largest farm, ranch and rodeo equipment manufacturers in the world.  Starting in October, the company will expand into the Boise Valley with a new warehouse and distribution facility for their Steel division.

The company is leasing 20,000 square feet in the former Boise Cascade building at 1675 W Commerce Street in South Boise near the airport. Served with rail, this location gives Priefert the opportunity to consider bringing additional manufacturing processes to Boise in the future.

American Food Equipment Company
American Food Equipment Company (AMFEC), a food-processing equipment manufacturer, breaks ground Monday, April 25 in Caldwell on its new manufacturing facility. The California company plans to bring close to 90 new jobs with total wages over $4 million annually to the Valley as part of its national expansion.

 "AMFEC outgrew the existing Hayward, California location; and that location was landlocked preventing expansion of the current facility. As we looked beyond our California home for a location to support our growth, the passionate recruitment and support from Idaho Commerce and the communities of Nampa and Caldwell made this Valley an excellent choice," said Darrell "Gus" Gustaveson of American Food Equipment Company. "The work ethic and availability of labor in this market stood out, along with the Workforce Development Training dollars to help us bring that workforce up to speed for our specific manufacturing needs. " 

Heartland RV's
Heartland Recreational Vehicles, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, (NYSE:THO), is one of the world leaders in recreational vehicle manufacturing.  In September 2015, Heartland selected Nampa, Idaho as the location for its new manufacturing facility to produce the company’s popular Heartland line of travel trailers. Once completed, Heartland expects to use the manufacturing facility to expand production for West Coast markets.

The total estimated investment is approximately $11-12 million for the 248,000 square-foot facility located at 900 Karcher Road in Nampa. Heartland expects to employ approximately 120 new workers. 

Gayle Manufacturing
A national provider of structural steel for multi-story buildings, announced an expansion of it's presence in the Boise Valley in January 2015.  Relocating its headquarters from Woodland, California to Caldwell, Idaho, Gayle Manufacturing opened a new steel fabrication manufacturing facility. 

MotivePower, Inc., a Wabtec Company, is an industry leader in the design, manufacture and re-manufacture of diesel-electric locomotives. Since 1972, over 2,500 locomotives have been delivered to customers from the company's 300,000 sq. ft. facility in Boise.

Founded in 1989 as Promed Keyboard Group with three employees, PKG today is a private, minority-owned designer, developer, and manufacturer of user interface systems, primarily serving medical, industrial/ instrumentation, and avionics industries. They operate two state-of-the-art facilities in Meridian - a 10,000 sq. ft. business development facility and a 12,000 sq. ft. production facility - and have recently started construction on a 38,000 sq. ft. building to house their corporate headquarters and manufacturing.

Plexus is a provider of a unique menu of Product Realization Solutions within the Electronic Manufacturing Services industry. They offer more than 25 years of experience turning customers' concepts into world-class products, and include a 216,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility in Nampa among their global locations.

Western Trailer
Founded in 1969, Western Trailer is a manufacturer of trailers for semi trucks used in industries such as agriculture, forest products, refuse, military, aerospace and many more. Based in Boise, Western Trailer's production capabilities have grown over the years, and it now operates from a 100,000 sq. ft. plant where they can produce more than 1,200 trailers per year.

Image National Signs
For more than 65 years, Image National Signs has designed, manufactured and installed signs across the country. Founded in 1965 and headquartered in Nampa, Image National now operates production facilities in both Nampa and Terrell, Texas that encompass more than 100,000 sq ft.

Eberlestock, based in Boise, is a manufacturer of stocks, packs and accessories for competition, hunting, military and tactical applications and more. Founded in 1985 by Glen Eberle while working his way through college and competing in biathlon at the Olympic level.

Western Aircraft
Based in Boise, Western Aircraft is one of the West's largest aircraft services companies offering maintenance, aircraft sales, avionics sales & installation, aircraft part sales, FBO services, airline fueling, aircraft charters, & aircraft management.  The company began as the corporate flight department for the Morrison Knudsen Corporation that was headquartered in Boise, ID 60 years ago.  Western Aircraft has five major hangars totaling 80,000 sq ft (not including office area).

Packaging Corporation of America
Packaging Corporatin of America manufactures papers used for communication, such as office papers, commercial printing papers, envelopes, forms, and newsprint, as well as papers that are associated with packaging, including label and release and flexible papers used for food wrap and other applications. They also manufacture linerboard and corrugating medium, which are combined to make containerboard, the base raw material in their corrugated sheets and containers. 

Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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