State of Regional Economy
Prosser Major Industrial Employers
Tree Top, Inc. a grower owned apple and pear products and concentrate processor (1,100 grower/owners in WA, ID & OR); 125 employees.
2780 Lee Road (509) 786-2926
Milne Fruit a locally owned processor and purveyor of fruit based ingredients, 120 employees.
804 Bennett Ave.; 509 786-2611 Fax 509 786-4915
Zirkle Fruit: Fruit – vegetable growers and shippers employs 60 at its Prosser facility.
101 Benitz Rd. 509 786-3993
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is a producer and supplier of premium varietal and blended table wines and of sparkling wines. Ste. Michelle is a leading producer of Washington state wines, primarily Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest and 14 Hands, and owns wineries in or distributes wines from several other domestic and foreign wine regions. Ste. Michelle employs approximately 1,100 employees.
Hwy. 221, Paterson, WA; 509 875-2061
Chukar Cherries: Chocolate Covered Fruit and Nuts with 145 employees.
320 Wine Country Rd. 509 786-2055
Kenyon Zero Storage: Kenyon provides frozen and refrigerated storage ranging from -10° F to +36° F. 100 Max Benitz Rd, Prosser, WA 509 778-4460
FruitSmart: Fruit ingredient processor and supplier with 218 employees. 1125 Sheridan Ave, Prosser, WA 509 882-1417
Prosser Major Non-Farm Employers
|Benton Co. Government||144|
|Benton Rural Electric||54|
|City of Prosser||50|
|Prosser Memorial Hospital||300|
|Prosser School District||316|
|WSU/IAREC||207 Full time, 150 Part time|
Benton County reports unemployment numbers well below the national and state averages. Favorable economic conditions and a viable labor force have been a mainstay, aiding local economic development.
Benton County Resident Labor Force
|Employment Data||Number of People|
|Unemployment and %||7.0%|
Figures as of 2016 – Source: Employment Security Department