The potato is first domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia.
As early as 4000BC starch is used by the Egyptians to glue together pieces of papyrus. But it is not until the 18th century that potato starch becomes prevalent.
Potatoes are planted in Idaho as early as 1838; by 1900 the state's production exceeds a million bushels (about 27,000 tonnes).
WPC opens their doors as a company that grinds potatoes for starch and uses it for food grade purposes.
During the early 70s WPC purchases the technology for cationic starches and concentrates on the industrial side of the business.
Western Polymer Corporation expands by building a plant in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that the world production of potatoes in 2010 was about 324 million tonnes.
Western Polymer constructed a new office building and completed a major remodel of the Production/Lab building. Western Polymer is proud of its renewed, cutting-edge Lab facility.
On June 28, 2013, Western Polymer Corporation purchased the manufacturing plant and equipment of Aroostook Starch Company, LLC, located in Fort Fairfield, Maine.
In January, 2014, the Moses Lake Plant added a new 35,000 sq. ft. Food Grade potato starch processing and packaging facility.
Western Polymer Corporation applied for WBE Certification (Women Business Enterprise) and became certified as a woman-owned and woman-controlled business in 2015 through NWBOC (National Woman Business Owners Corporation).
Western Polymer proudly continues to provide quality solutions for our industrial and food grade customers.
In October, 2017, Western Polymer’s Moses Lake Plant continued to expand by adding 25,000 sq. ft. of Food Grade warehouse storage.
Throughout 2018, Western Polymer continued to make improvements and additions to our manufacturing equipment and processes at all three facilities located in Maine, North Dakota and Washington State.
On March 1, 2019, Ingredion, Inc. acquired the operations of Western Polymer. The acquisition will expand the Company’s potato starch manufacturing capacity, enhance processing capabilities, and broaden its higher-value specialty ingredients business and customer base.