Business & economy

East coast nonprofit considers Malheur County for new soup business

VALE – Government officials gathered around the table in March to hear details about one of the biggest industrial projects ever proposed for Vale.

Among those attending was Vale Mayor Mike McLaughlin, two officials from the Oregon Employment Department, Dana Young, president of Treasure Valley Community College, and one of her vice presidents, Eddie Alves. They listened as representatives of Dignition Enterprises, a nonprofit, explained how they would put more than 100 people to work in Malheur County. They would build a waste-to-energy plant, taking 80 tons of material destined for landfills and turn it into diesel. The diesel would generate steam and electricity to power a new soup factory. The soup factory would buy from local farmers and ranchers to make 120,000 pounds of soup a day. The project would cost $25 million.

“It’s a huge project,” said Kit Kamo, executive . . .