Lamb-Weston is eyeing Aroostook County in Maine as the site of a possible new french fry processing plant.
The Loring Development Authority and Lamb Weston Inc., owned by ConAgra, announced an option agreement that would lead to the construction of a processing facility in the Loring Commerce Center.
Terms of the deal include a nine-month due diligence process leading to a final decision by Lamb Weston.
Both parties will be working closely with state, federal and local officials
Hayes Gahagan, a Lamb business consultant, said he appreciated the help of the Maine Potato Board and that the company looked forward to working with them as the project unfolds.
He also acknowledged the cooperation of the Northern Maine Regional Office of the Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection.
When completed the multi-million-dollar facility will employ about 200 full-time and need between 12,000 to 15,000 acres.