Friday, January 16, 2015

Times-News: Clif Bar Official Promises 'Living Wage' For Idaho Workers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 9:53 AM

It was the fall of 2013 when Clif Bar announced that it would build a $90 million, 270,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Idaho's Magic Valley. 

While Clif Bar continues to build its huge Twin Falls complex, one of the big questions has remained: How much will the jobs pay? On Thursday, Clif Bar Bakery General Manager Dale Ducommun stood before the Twin Falls Optimist Club and insisted that his company will pay a living wage to its local workers.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that Ducommun said his company "will set salaries based on what's needed to sustain a two-income, four-person household, as determined by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology study." The company will also offer health insurance benefits and a stock option plan.

Clif Bar expects to employ about 200 people when it opens its doors in April 2016 and hopes to employ as many as 450 workers. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this coming April, on land just south of the Chobani facility in the Twin Falls Jayco industrial park.

The Times-News reports that the Clif Bar campus is planned to include a health and wellness center. Company officials said they're currently interviewing candidates for maintenance, food safety, engineering and human resources positions.

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