I heard Tofurky was located in Hood River where I was headed to enjoy the Columbia River Gorge after attending the Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark. I never imagined what I would find. Lucky me that Wes, a graphic designer at Tofurky, saw me standing outside the main entrance and asked if he could help. And he did with a detailed tour of this amazing facility, not yet fully operational. The administrative offices are there but the processing plant is not yet up and running at this site. The solar panels on the roof (see photo) will power the administrative offices and also power the free electric car charging station out front!
When this plant opens next year, it will be the 6th food processing plant in the world to receive a LEED Platinum certification. There are other LEED platinum industrial plants but food processing plants are hard to obtain this level of certification due to the large amounts of energy consumed.
Way to go Seth! Thank you Wes for the great tour. (BTW, I learned that Jamie, Seth’s stepson, just took over as CEO.)