Olympia, Washington-based Ostrom’s Mushroom Farm has announced the closure of its mushroom production facility near Lacey, Washington and as a consequence will be laying off 239 employees. Mushroom production will be shifted to a new plant in Yakima, Washington, located approximately 180 miles Southeast of Lacey, and which is expected to be fully operation by the end of 2019. The closure is scheduled for the end of 2019 although approximately 40 workers will continue packing and shipping activities into 2020.
Ostum’s President, David Knudsen, noted, “It was a nice run, but we’re on to another stage of life.” According to Knudsen, the company ran out of space to expand and the character of the surrounding area is changing with the area’s residents complaining of an odor that is produced by outdoor composting operations. The property be put up for sale as a residentially-zoned property.
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