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Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Idaho

Posted by IndustrySelect on Monday, December 18, 2023

Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Idaho

When it comes to manufacturing, the Gem State sparkles. Idaho maintains one of the most business-friendly environments in the nation. The state is known for its massive food processing operations, but is also home to some major manufacturers of semiconductors and electronics, wellness products, sports equipment, and more.

This article will explore the latest facts on the state’s industrial sector and provide details on the top manufacturing companies in Idaho.

Key Facts on Idaho’s Manufacturing Sector

According to MNI, compiler of the industrial information that powers IndustrySelect, Idaho is currently home to 1,788 manufacturing companies employing 86,870 workers.Over the past year, employment in Idaho's manufacturing sector has picked up speed, edging up a half percent. 

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According to MNI, Boise is Idaho’s largest city based on number of manufacturing jobs, with 27,856 workers.

Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.

Other top cities in Idaho include

Nampa (6,969 jobs)
Idaho Falls (5,180 jobs)
Lewiston (5,136 jobs)
Twin Falls (3,832 jobs)

Ada County is Idaho’s largest in terms of manufacturing jobs, home to 30,162 workers. This is followed by Canyon County with 10,469 workers, Bonneville County (6,233 jobs), Kootenai County (6,058 jobs) and Twin Falls County (5,315 jobs).

Food processing and industrial machinery ranks as the largest manufacturing sectors in the state, based on number of jobs, each encompassing 21% of Idaho’s manufacturing workers. Lumber and wood products make up another 11%, while fabricated metal products and electronic equipment each represent 7% of Idaho’s industrial workforce.

MNI reports there are 6,741 executive contacts among Idaho’s manufacturing companies, including 819 presidents, 867 owners and partners; 370 vice-presidents and 452 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.

Other facts to know about Idaho manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:

• 2% of Idaho manufacturers are women-owned
• 8% are publicly owned companies
• 10% import raw materials
• 24% distribute their products internationally.

Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.

Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Idaho

Micron Technology, Inc.10,000BoiseID
HP, Inc.4,700BoiseID
Melaleuca, Inc.1,500Idaho FallsID
Clearwater Paper Corp.1,370LewistonID
Vista Outdoor Operations, LLC1,300LewistonID
Clearwater Paper Corp.1,100LewistonID
Chobani, Inc.1,000Twin FallsID
Scentsy, Inc.1,000MeridianID
J. R. Simplot Company, Food Group Div.850BoiseID
J. R. Simplot Company800BoiseID

About the Top 10 Manufacturing Companies in Idaho

1. Micron Technology (Boise, ID)

Employing 10,000 workers, Micron Technology is Idaho’s largest employer. Established in 1978, Micron is a major semiconductor manufacturer with global distribution. This Boise facility is the company’s corporate headquarters, and focuses on semiconductor manufacturing, DRAM component & module production, as well as NAND flash memory chips.

2. HP, Inc. (Boise, ID)

Producing imaging and printing supplies, Hewlett Packer, Inc. occupies a major 200,000 square-foot plant in Boise. Employing 4,700 workers, HP, Inc. is Idaho’s second-largest industrial employer. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, HP was founded in 1939 in a one-car garage, after winning its first contract in 1938 to provide test and measurement instruments for Walt Disney’s production of Fantasia.

3. Melaleuca, Inc. (Idaho Falls, ID)

Established in 1985, Melaleuca, Inc. is a wellness company, producing vitamins, skin care products and household cleaners. This location serves as the company’s corporate headquarters and employs 1,500.

4. Clearwater Paper Corp. (Lewiston, ID)

Clearwater Paper Corporation is a major producer of paperboard and pulp located in Lewiston. The company employs 1,370 at its Lewiston location and is headquartered in Spokane, Washington. This is the largest of two Clearwater paper locations in Lewiston.

5. Vista Outdoor Operations, LLC (Lewiston, ID)

With the slogan “Bringing the World Outside,” Vista Outdoor Operations is a producer of a wide range of outdoor products, including sports footwear and cycling accessories, golf GPS, action sports helmets, and shooting sports accessories. The company’s Lewiston location small caliber ammunition and ranks fifth in the state with 1,300 workers.

6. Clearwater Paper Corp. (Lewiston, ID)

The second of Clearwater Paper’s Lewiston location, this facility employs 1,100 and specializes in facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, and napkins.

7. Chobani, Inc. (Twin Falls, ID)

Chobani was founded by Turkish immigrant Hamdi Ulukaya in 2007 at an idled Kraft plant in Johnston, NY. Today, the company is a yogurt empire, encompassing three U.S. facilities that employ 6,300, producing a wide rage of popular strained yogurt products. The company’s 100,000 square-foot Twin Falls location was established in 2012 and employs 1,000.


8. Scentsy, Inc. (Meridian, ID)

Employing 1,000 workers, Scentsy is a manufacturer of scented candles and car fragrance products, including car bars, room sprays, essential oils, and sachets. Established in 2004, Scentsy occupies a 10,000-square-foot facility in the town of Meridian.

9. J.R. Simplot Company, Food Group Div. (Boise, ID)

The largest of two Boise J.R. Simplot facilities, employing 850, this location operates as the company’s divisional headquarters and produces frozen food products as well as fruit and vegetable processing.

10. J.R. Simplot Company (Boise, ID)

Rounding out our top ten list is J.R. Simplot’s corporate headquarters in Boise. Employing 800 and reporting sales of $1 billion, this facility specializes in potato and frozen vegetable processing, as well as phosphate fertilizers, livestock feed, and turf-grass seed.

Interested in other states? Browse all of our state news here.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January of 2023.It is updated annually to reflect new statistics and trends in Idaho's manufacturing sector. 

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 Editor's Note: This article was originally published in September 2021. It is updated annually to reflect new statistics. 


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