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into the nearest available light socket and sorting potatoes for farmers. Soon he was buying and selling potatoes, opening warehouses,
forming relationships with commodities brokers nationwide. When J. R. Simplot needed timber for a new warehouse, he and his men would
just head down to Yellowstone and chop down some trees. Within a decade, Simplot was the largest shipper of potatoes in the West, operating thirty-three warehouses in Oregon and Idaho.
Simplot also shipped onions. In 1941, he started to wonder why the Burbank Corporation, an outfit in California, was ordering so many of
his onions. Simplot went to California and followed one of the company’s trucks to a prune orchard in Vacaville, where the Burbank
Corporation was using prune dryers to make dehydrated onions. Simplot immediately bought a six-tunnel prune dryer and set up his own
dehydration plant in Caldwell, Idaho. The plant opened on October 8, 1941. Two months late...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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