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New Shrimp Plant Reeling in New Jobs

US - Greg Ensign, President & CEO of SC Shrimp Processing & Biotechnologies, Inc. (SC Shrimp) announced today that plans to construct a 60,000 square foot shrimp processing and biotechnology plant in Salters were back on track.

According to SC now, the plant, which will initially employ 153 people was to be built in 2007 and scheduled to begin operating this June to coincide with the opening of the 2008 shrimp season.

The news agency says that in a recent meeting with Stanley S. Pasley, Williamsburg County Supervisor, Stan A. Williamson, chairman of the Williamsburg County Development Corporation and F. Hilton McGill, Jr., the executive director of the Williamsburg County Development Board, Ensign discussed SC Shrimp’s funding and building schedule.

Eventually, SC Shrimp will employ in excess of 350 people. Also attending the status conference was Joseph F. Bristow, PhD, SC Shrimp’s lead scientist and Richard M. DeMarco, President & CEO of SC Shrimp’s parent company, AgraTech International, Inc.

Pasley reminded SC Shrimp’s executives that Williamsburg County and its governing body had approved an economic incentives package early last year and had expected the plant to be operational by this time.

Ensign explained that while SC Shrimp had been approved for a United States Department of Agriculture guaranteed loan, the banks would not accept or close on the loan.

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Ellen Hardy

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