Agriculture and Food Processing


​Agriculture and related industries are essential to the vitality of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Within our region, food processing represents more than half of our manufacturing base. Whether it is growing, storing, or packaging food, building equipment to harvest or process crops, or managing the harvest, the Mid-Willamette Valley specializes in agriculture and food processing.

Local companies continue to lead the way in the agriculture and food processing sector:

  • Don Pancho
  • Gilgamesh Brewing
  • Henningsen Cold Storage, Co.
  • Kerr Concentrates
  • Kettle Foods
  • Willamette Valley Pie

Industry leaders have chosen to locate in Salem for many reasons:

  • Easy access to Interstate 5
  • Rail lines
  • Abundance of clean water
  • Low utility rates
  • Transportation access

​“As one of the largest public refrigerated warehousing companies in the U.S., we have worked with a number of different economic development teams. SEDCOR and the City of Salem partnered with us to make the development of our Salem complex seamless. Their team did a great job of clearing the way for us to build our primary distribution point for NORPAC’s frozen finished foods.” Paul Henningsen, COO, Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

Gilgamesh Brewing

© 2014 Ron Cooper

“The loan from Urban Development was an essential cornerstone that completed our funding vital to our success." Lee Radke, Owner, Gilgamesh Brewing

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Annie GorskiEconomic Development ManagerUrban Development Department