Litehouse expands operations in Sandpoint

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

Litehouse Inc., the Sandpoint-based salad dressing maker is in the midst of a $6.2 million expansion project at its Sandpoint manufacturing plant where it hopes to continue increasing its production and its workforce. The company plans to break ground before year-end on a new, 26,000-square-foot cooler on the north end of its manufacturing facility, says Jim Frank, Litehouse CEO.

The 120,000-square-foot complex is in an industrial area at 1109 N. Ella, about a mile northwest of Sandpoint’s central business district.

“We’re going into a big renovation of the entire facility and grounds,” Frank says.

The overall project includes a recently completed $1.3 million, 4,000-square-foot wastewater treatment facility in a separate building on the northeast portion of the manufacturing complex.

The cooler phase of the expansion will free up the plant’s current refrigerated space, Frank says.

“Then we can use that space inside to expand production with more manufacturing equipment to keep up with our growing capacity needs,” he says.

Ben VanGerpen, Litehouse director of Sandpoint operations, says the current industrial cooler, which is larger than some high school gymnasiums, often is stacked and filled to near capacity as products are readied for weekly shipments via the Litehouse fleet of trucks and refrigerated trailers.