Foodies drive booming wood plank business

SANDPOINT, Idaho —Wildwood Grilling, an Idaho-based maker of grilling planks, wraps, and smoking chips from Western Red cedar and other woods, has announced it is expanding its manufacturing facility – creating 21 new jobs.

The expansion should infuse $2 million in capital expenditure in the rural area. Projected wages for the 21 new jobs will total more than $3 million over the next seven years.


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“We love doing business in Idaho and have been looking for a viable way to grow our company without having to leave the state to do it,” said Erin Brandt-Curmi, the company’s marketing director. “This next phase is going to allow us to deepen our roots in the community, and we’re thankful for the local partners that helped us make this expansion possible.”

The Idaho Economic Advisory Council granted Wildwood a tax reimbursement incentive of 14 percent for seven years.

Wildwood Grilling was founded in 2007 and manufacturers an assortment of wood products for grilling including grilling planks, wraps, smoking chips, and skewers using Western Red Cedar and other woods.


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