The launch of a new fish processing plant in Grafton is right around the corner, according to the CEO of the Jersey County Business Association. The original plan to catch and process Asian Carp for sale as a delicacy to the Chinese was scrapped over a year ago in favor of a plan to sell to mostly domestic interests. All of the agreements are in place and the final pieces of equipment are being wired into the electrical grid of the building.
Alan Gilmore says this will finally give local fishermen something to do with what had originally thought to be a fish with no redeeming qualities.
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The apple storage building at the former Uncle Andy's Orchard on Illinois State Route 3 is the home of this new business venture. The land that the building sits on was recently subdivided, as the city hopes to attract more businesses to locate on the property.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.