The launch of a new fish processing plant in Grafton continues to inch 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 sell to mostly domestic interests. Once that business is up and running, Grafton city leaders hopes more industry and storefronts follow suit.
That is because much of the town's economy is based on tourism, so Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says he would like to see a way to fill in the gaps during the winter months.
The owners of the fish plant 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 with the help of a new TIF District.