The launch of a new fish processing plant in Grafton is coming in the New Year. The grants needed to finish the project have been approved, according to Grafton's Mayor. The plant will utilize $1.4-million of a $1.9-million low-interest loan for the plant, with the other half-million to be used for infrastructure at the industrial park where it is being built.
Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says the plant should be up and running by late spring or early summer.
The owners will be renovating a large building that was formerly used to store apples at the former Uncle Andy's Orchard on Illinois State Route 3. The project will be environmentally conscious, and the focal point of the new industrial park. An agreement with a group of Chinese businessmen calls for the plant to harvest and ship between 30 and 40 million pounds of the fish over the course of a three year contract.