The J.R. Simplot Company In Pocatello, Idaho
Fertilizer is much more useful than growing a lawn. Nutrients in the soil are replaced which results in sturdier plants. This increases the organic matter which causes root systems to become stronger. This, in turn, causes the soil to stand up against water and wind erosion and, ultimately, there are fewer problems of river and stream contamination.
The J.R. Simplot Company is part of the AgriBusiness Group which serves to safeguard the environment while removing the earth’s natural resources and manufacturing fertilizer. This privately held company maintains facilities in the western part of the United States and Canada.
Near Afton, Wyoming, the Smoky Canyon Mine is owned by Simplot. It provides 100 percent of the phosphate ore mined there to the Don Plant. The ore is shipped via an underground slurry pipeline after being mixed with water.
In 1944, just outside of Pocatello, Idaho, J.R. Simplot built his first fertilizer production facility. The plant, and the railroad siding used, were both named for his second son, Don. The Don Plant has been in continuous operation since opening. It is one of four fertilizer manufacturing plants in the Agribusiness Group.
Producing less than 1,000 tons of phosphate products per year during the 1940’s, the Don Plant now produces over 1,000,000 tons of high quality phosphate fertilizer, feed phosphates and industrial products yearly. Along with strengthening the environment, the Don Plant products feed the world in a cost effective manner. More Here….