Boise turns 25
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
In 1983, the Dow Jones Industrial Average passed the 1200 mark for the first time, Terms of Endearment was big at the box office and the Academy Awards, the Redskins beat the Dolphins, and the Orioles took the Phillies in four games.
Bigelow Tea Company was looking to increase service to the Western United States by adding a packaging facility out west. Several cities were being considered and after a stop in Salt Lake City, which had many nice features it was then on to Portland, Oregon to see what they had to offer. On the way out to Portland the plane made a scheduled stop in Boise, Idaho. Back then the Boise metropolitan area had about 270,000 people and was a pretty quiet little town tucked up against beautiful mountains and fertile farm ground. Based upon that short plane stop another trip was made back to investigate Boise further and in the end it was decided that Boise was to be our new western home.
With plenty of production space and a strong work ethic in the local population, it was felt like this could be a good home for a Bigelow packaging facility. Once the initial 15,000 square foot building was secured, employees were hired and you might say the rest is good history.
Fast forward 25 years to 2008 and the Boise population has increased to 635,000 and Bigelow has a 60,000 square foot production facility that produces a quality product utilizing an employee population with an average tenure of over 12 years.
To help us celebrate this milestone, several “seasoned” folks from corporate headquarters made the trip to Boise to help celebrate this important milestone by reminiscing about the early days while looking forward to continued success at the Boise plant.
Local dignitaries from the Idaho State government, Chamber of Commerce, Buy Idaho, and key vendors, spoke of their appreciation for the contribution Bigelow Tea has made to the quality of life in the Boise area. Everyone joined the Bigelow plant employees in a bar-b-q lunch and cake celebration that capped this special and memorable event.