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Fry Foods Purchases Select Onion Site, New Plant Could Mean 350 Jobs

ONTARIO, Ore. - ONTARIO — The long-vacant Select Onion site has a new owner. Ohio-based Fry Foods finalized the purchase Jan. 1. The deal was two years in the making, David Fry, the company’s vice president, said in a phone interview today. Fry would not reveal how much his company paid for the property, but did say that once the plant is fully operational, it could mean as many as 350 new jobs. The property, located north of Ontario along Stanton Boulevard, near Interstate 84, has been vacant except for storage since Select Onion filed for bankruptcy in 2012. When that happened, Fry Foods, which also operates a plant in Weiser, began looking at the facility, Fry said. “We were hitting the l