Idahoan donates $25,000 to Idaho Falls YMCA

Idahoan Foods on Wednesday donated $25,000 to the Idaho Falls YMCA.

The money will help support the Idaho Falls YMCA Youth Development Programs and its Big Elk Creek Resident Camp.

“This is not only a big deal for the Y in our continued efforts to grow and better serve the community, but also for Idahoan’s commitment to our community with their corporate office here,” Idaho Falls YMCA CEO Monica Bitrick wrote in an email to the Post Register.

Drew Facer, president and CEO of Idahoan Foods, presented Bitrick with the check during a Wednesday ceremony.

The Idaho Falls YMCA has been in operation since 1946. It is located at 155 N. Corner St. The nonprofit organization runs a recreation center and also offers a plethora of services including youth development with its learning center, which offers core curriculum for all ages, including our toddlers, as well as after-school programs, youth sports leagues and a summer camp.

Idahoan Foods is a producer of packaged mashed potatoes and potato casseroles based in Idaho Falls. It has more than “180 product configurations for food service, retail, ingredient and export channels,” the company website said.

To learn more about the Idaho Falls YMCA, visit it on Facebook at or call 208-523-0600.

For information on Idahoan Foods, go to

International Atomic Energy Agency

recognizes INL international R&D hub

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano on Sept. 18 celebrated the designation of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory as an International Centre based on Research Reactors .

The International Atomic Energy Agency designation makes the United States one of only three countries identified for unique capabilities and excellence in nuclear research, joining France and Russia, a DOE news release said.

“The world-class facilities at Oak Ridge and INL support scientific discovery, medical and industrial isotope applications, and the advancement of nuclear fission, fusion energy, and global security technologies,” the release said.

The International Centre based on Research Reactors recognition encourages designees to collaborate in ways that maximize the use of research reactors in all International Atomic Energy Agency member states, the release said.

“I am incredibly proud to accept this prestigious designation on behalf of the United States, the Department of Energy, and our National lab system,” said Secretary Perry.

“This is a tremendous honor recognizing the critical work being conducted at DOE’s Oak Ridge and Idaho national laboratories, and it highlights the importance of our nuclear research facilities and the scientific and nuclear security contributions they bring to the world,” Secretary Perry said in the release.

INL’s Advanced Test Reactor, Transient Reactor Experiment and Test reactor, nuclear fuel fabrication facilities, and nuclear facilities for post-irradiation examination of nuclear fuels and materials “provide unmatched capabilities all in one geographic location,” the release said.

INL is the nation’s lead-laboratory for nuclear research as well as leading DOE’s Nuclear Science User Facility, providing access to nuclear research capabilities at national laboratories, universities and industry facilities, the release said.

Ammon furniture store

scheduled to open in November

Paul Menser of reports that the Modern Home furniture store in Ammon on Eagle Drive near Kohl’s is expected to open in November.

The 25,000-square-foot store will carry brands including Tempurpedic, Sealy, Klaussner, Ashley, Benchcraft and Southern Motion, Menser reports.

Owner Alan Sparks told BizMojoIdaho that he and his wife “discovered” the Idaho Falls market after a vacation and dropping their oldest son off at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Planet Fitness seeks to open

on Woodruff Avenue

Apple Athletic Club owner Steve Vucovic and a partner, Keith Larsen, are looking to bring a Planet Fitness Health Club to Idaho Falls.

BizMojoIdaho’s Menser reports the pair applied to the city of Idaho Falls Building Department for a building permit for a 240,000-square-foot remodeling job at 200 S. Woodruff Ave.

Vucovic told Menser earlier this month that lease negotiations were underway, but the building permit was issued Sept. 19.

Menser said the space has been empty since Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Scientech relocated its offices to Snake River Landing in 2014.

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