Local Economy

Prosser Community Profile

Benton County Community Profile 

 State of Regional Economy

The linked PowerPoint Presentation was put together by Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, WA State Employment Security Dept. Presentation – click here for pdf

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

Companies Employees
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
Labor Force 93,928
Employment 87,307
Unemployment and % 7.0%

Figures as of 2016 – Source: Employment Security Department


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