Micron Technology, commonly referred to as just Micron, was founded in October of 1978 and specializes in the production of semiconductor devices (and is among the world’s five largest semiconductor companies). It’s also one of the largest employers in Idaho - with over 5,000 employees in Idaho and over 34,000 worldwide.
Way back in the day, J. R. Simplot (the famous, self-made, Boise-native billionaire who got rich after becoming an agricultural supplier) decided to fund Micron and the rest is history. They became one of the major providers of computer chips for companies like Compaq and plenty of other PC makers. It also became incredibly profitable. As MacroTrends states, Micron currently has a net worth of over 37-billion dollars. As Simplot reportedly once stated, “Micron is my baby.”