The launch of a new fish processing plant in Grafton is getting closer, according to the town's mayor. The original plan to catch and process Asian Carp for sale as a delicacy to the Chinese was scrapped in February in favor of a plan to sell to mostly domestic interests. An agreement with a Native American tribe over land rights was reached in April, and funding is now in place through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, according to Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson.
The owners will be using a renovated building that was formerly used to store apples at the former Uncle Andy's Orchard on Illinois State Route 3. The land that the building sits on was recently subdivided, as the city hopes to attract more businesses to locate on the property. He says there has been some interest from potential business owners, but nothing solid enough to announce yet.