Trident Seafoods and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced jointly this past week plans for a new $41 million seafood processing facility to be built in Carroll County, Georgia, creating 175 jobs.
Trident is currently in the planning stages of developing the state-of-the-art processing facility at Carrolton, Georgia, which will produce portion-controlled frozen seafood products from frozen fillets and fillet blocks, as well as battered, glazed, breaded, fryer and oven-ready frozen items.
“Georgia is the logical place for Trident Seafoods to expand its East Coast operations,” Deal said. “From our highway system that allows trucks to reach 80 percent of the U.S. market in two days to our highly trained workforce, the state offers a wealth of resources to help Trident reach its business goals.”
Hiring will take place in mid-2014 and the project is earmarked for completion in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The Carroll County processing facility will be located in a 104,000-square-foot building that formerly housed a food production facility for Chiquita. Originally designed for food production and storage, the building offers refrigerated storage and an on-site wastewater treatment plant. Trident plans to expand the facility by an additional 43,000 square feet.
Trident, founded in 1973, is a privately held, American owned corporation based in Seattle. It is a vertically integrated seafood harvesting and processing company, and marketer of seafood from Alaska, including wild Alaska salmon, cod, crab and pollock. The company operates a fleet of more than 30 vessels, including floating processors, catcher-processors, fishing boats and support vessels.
Trident’s onshore facilities include processing plants in a dozen coastal communities, from Newport, Oregon, to Akutan, Alaska, with processing facilities operating in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Minnesota.