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Nov 29, 2012 8:06 AM by AP

Company to convert seafood waste into products

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A company that plans to convert seafood waste into a range of commercial products will move into an empty bottling plant in Opelousas

AgraTech International says it will spend $10 million to renovate the old Yoo-Hoo plant.

The company will process shrimp, crawfish and crab shells to get chitosan, which is used in everything from water-repellant glass coatings to sunscreen lotion and from dental membranes to nasal sprays to treat nosebleeds.

The company says the plant will create 50 jobs over five years with an average annual salary of $50,000, plus benefits.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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