CALDWELL — After a three-month closure, the Casa Valdez tortilla factory is up and running again.
Casa Valdez turned out its last batch of corn, wheat and flour tortillas earlier this year, as the Caldwell business closed after 41 years of operation.
Owner Jose Valdez previously told the Idaho Press-Tribune the factory was closing because he wanted to retire and has also had issues getting “reliable” help in the last few years.
The factory has found a new owner and operator — Valdez's son, Joe Valdez Jr.
The factory opened last week under the new ownership, Jose Valdez told the Press-Tribune on Tuesday. For now, the factory is only selling products at its shop at 502 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell.
"We're just making enough products to sell to walk-in customers," Valdez said. "It will be a while before we start selling again in stores."
The operation is currently being handled by family members alone, he said, and previous employees are not back to work yet. Valdez did not specify when the factory will resume full operation.
The factory is selling all its corn products — including chips and tortillas — but no flour products for now, Valdez said.
The business opened in 1977, and their products are supplied across the Northwest, including all over Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Oregon, according to the company’s website.
Demand from customers brought back the business, Valdez said.
"We heard from a lot of people," he said. "They wanted us back."