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Eunice crawfish facility breaks ground on $3M expansion

Posted at 2:00 PM, Nov 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-13 15:00:28-05

Riceland Crawfish broke ground Tuesday on a planned $3 million expansion for their facility in Eunice. The expansion will include a 33,000 square-foot facility and create 10 new jobs while retaining 50 current positions.

$2 million will go towards the building of the brand new facility while $1 million will be used to purchase new crawfish and alligator meat processing equipment. According to a release from Louisiana Economic Development, Riceland Crawfish sells about 96 percent of their products to out of state markets. Those include markets as far away as the United Kingdom.

The facility expansion will reportedly allow for the year-round production of crawfish products to major food distributors and retailers. LED says that the investment will drive growth and offer increased support to industries that provide bait, bags, boxes, sacks, seasoning, wire for traps, and other products link to crawfish processing.

Gov. John Bel Edwards highlighted the significance of the expansion in a press release.

“Riceland’s new expansion is a testament to the skills of our workforce and to strengths of our local communities to support businesses and ensure they can grow and thrive. Our goal is to ensure that businesses like Riceland Crawfish have the tools and resources to expand and meet the demands of a growing customer base, and we congratulate them on this new chapter.”

First established in 1985, Riceland Crawfish began as a small family-owned business and has grown into one of the major crawfish and alligator processing plants in Louisiana.