Great Western Malting to add 12 jobs with DOL grant money

Oct 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Business news, Pocatello News

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Michael O’Donnell/Idaho State Journal From left, Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, CEO of Great Western Malting’s parent company GrainCorp Malt of Australia Mark Palmquist and president of Great Western Malting Mike O’Toole break ground Friday to celebrate a major expansion of the Great Western facility off Kraft Road.

Michael O’Donnell/Idaho State Journal
From left, Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, CEO of Great Western Malting’s parent company GrainCorp Malt of Australia Mark Palmquist and president of Great Western Malting Mike O’Toole break ground to celebrate a major expansion of the Great Western facility off Kraft Road.

POCATELLO – Great Western Malting Co.’s malt manufacturing plant in Pocatello will use a $39,685 training grant from the Idaho Department of Labor to increase its workforce by 12 new positions.

The full-time permanent positions will average $22.84 per hour plus employer assisted medical benefits and will include lab technician, plant mechanic, logistics, eight malt operators and a malster. Training will include a combination of vendor-provided and structured on-the-job training. The new positions will bring the plant’s total employment to 44.

Great Western Malting’s main products are barley and wheat manufactured into malt and distributed to breweries around the world. The company’s secondary business is selling the by-products of barley to farmers. The company has a second plant in Vancouver, Washington.

Idaho’s Workforce Development Training Fund, established in 1996 by the Idaho Department of Labor, is used to reimburse businesses for the cost of training new workers or retraining existing workers with skills necessary for specific economic opportunities and industrial expansion initiatives.

Eligible businesses must produce a product or service sold outside their region, and the jobs must pay at least $12 an hour and include employer-assisted health insurance. The fund is financed by a 3 percent set-aside of the unemployment insurance taxes paid by businesses each year. Learn more about the fund on the Labor website.

 

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