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New and existing businesses in the Pocatello area can draw from a variety of helpful and beneficial resources such as the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Bannock Development Corporation (BDC), a professional economic development organization that provides services and information to current and prospective companies. BDC can assist with information on land and existing buildings available in the area, economic and demographic data, recruiting and training employees, assessing operating costs, obtaining permits and coordinating site visits in the area. Visit, or call (208) 233-0267.

Pocatello’s diversity is one of the keys to its economic success. While a large number of its residents are employed in the fields of higher education, research and transportation, several other integral pieces exist in this area’s well-crafted architecture of commerce. Food processing, semiconductor design and wafer fabrication, phosphate reduction, data entry and processing, telecommunications, heavy manufacturing and retail businesses all play important roles in this economic success story.

With an active and available labor force, Pocatello is a wise choice for business implementation or expansion. Additional workers are easily attracted from outlying areas, an asset to Pocatello’s labor force. A number of prime locations are available for business and industrial developments, many with existing buildings for manufacturing. Other locations are awaiting client-specified development. These locations can range in size from 2 acres to more than 100 acres, and are appropriately zoned for industrial, manufacturing or professional use. Many sites have rail and/or interstate access and are served by all major utilities.

The area seeks to make the most of its business partnerships. With an active economic development presence, businesses continue to expand and develop at a steady rate. Idaho State University employs more than 3,000 workers and plays an ongoing role in the development of the business community. The Business and Technology Center, located in the Idaho State University Business and Research Park, provides a wealth of experience and assistance to new and existing businesses. The ISU-sponsored Idaho Accelerator Center is another valuable player. The Idaho Accelerator Center collaborates with university, governmental and private entities—such as the nearby Idaho National Laboratory (INL). INL completes research and applications in a variety of areas—including alternative and renewable energy sources, homeland security, scientific programming and robotics programming (see Higher Education).

Union Pacific Railroad, which provides extensive rail service to the area, has one of the largest railway classification yards. Union Pacific employs more than 600 individuals. Heinz Frozen Foods also has key operations in Pocatello with a facility covering more than 400,000 square feet and employs more than 700 workers. J. R. Simplot has also invested heavily in our area and has a large phosphate plant northwest of town.Other major employers are:

Hoku Scientific is a diversified clean energy technologies company with three business units: Hoku Materials, Hoku Solar and Hoku Fuel Cells. Hoku Materials plans to manufacture, market and sell polysilicon for the solar market from its plant currently under construction. Hoku Solar markets, sells and installs turnkey photovoltaic systems in Hawaii. Hoku Fuel Cells has developed proprietary fuel cell membranes and membrane electrode assemblies for stationary and automotive proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

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ON Semiconductor provides a variety of application-oriented references, that highlight key devices within end-products for automotive, computing and peripherals, consumer and portable, industrial and medical, LED lighting networking and telecommunications, power supply and circuit protection.NordicWindpower was formed after 20 years of research and development and 10 years of very successful turbine operation to commercialize the ground-breaking Nordic technology for wind turbines. The company is a merger of Swedish, US, and UK teams with decades of success in wind. All of the team members have a longstanding commitment to the renewables industry and to business excellence in general.

Other companies include Convergys; SME Steel; Premier Technology; Teleperformance USA; the Cities of Pocatello and Chubbuck, and Petersen, Inc. (steel fabrication).

Pocatello and Chubbuck continue to develop their industrial segment. The industrial economy here is well supported and viewed as one of the most vibrant in the entire region.

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