It’s About Community: Simplot, Free Fries, and Wyoming’s Big Show



The Simplot booth at Wyoming’s Big Show.

Saturday at Wyoming’s Big Show many members of our community had the chance to enjoy freshly made Simplot fries! We wanted to take this opportunity to share what Simplot does within Sweetwater County and globally.

J.R. Simplot had the inherent ability to see possibilities nobody else could see, and the resolve to act on them—helping him turn a one-man farming operation that began in Declo, Idaho into a global food and agribusiness enterprise.

He was an innovator from the start, but our founder’s accomplishments accelerated after creating the first commercially-viable frozen french fries in the 1940s. That momentum continues today, with technology improvements that are revolutionizing plant research and food production, including French fries!

This foresight has driven the J.R. Simplot Company for 90 years and helped create a Company culture where new ideas have a chance to grow and flourish.

Today, the J.R. Simplot Company has an integrated portfolio that includes phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, food processing, food brands, and other enterprises related to agriculture. Simplot is based in Boise, Idaho with major operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, and China. The company distributes products to more than 40 countries worldwide.

Simplot’s Rock Springs fertilizer plant is a key element to the company’s efforts. It began production in 1986 and has been a committed and reliable employer in Sweetwater County for more 30 years. With expansions done in 1996, 1999, 2012 and 2017 Simplot has a significant impact on our local economy and currently employs 284 local residents and contracts with additional companies in our community.

The Rock Springs plant manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, anhydrous ammonia, fluoride, and super phosphoric acid to distribute throughout the world; primarily in North America and Australia.

The J.R. Simplot Company’s mission statement is “Bringing Earth’s Resources to Life”. With a deep respect for the environment and recognizing the challenge of the world’s growing population, Simplot is dedicated to finding better ways to grow delicious, safe and abundant food for people throughout the world.

Simplot is an active member of the Sweetwater County community and is dedicated to supporting the community. Last fiscal year the Company supported more than 50 local non-profit organizations and community events and remains actively involved in many local, statewide, national, and global efforts to support its employees and the communities where it operates.

The Simplot booth at Wyoming’s Big Show on Saturday.


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