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Brookings Fish Food Company Builds New Plant

Wed May 16, 2018 - Midwest Edition #10
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Prairie AquaTech's new plant will be built along U.S. Highway 14 on land near the South Dakota Soybean Processors plant.
(HCPD.com photo)
Prairie AquaTech's new plant will be built along U.S. Highway 14 on land near the South Dakota Soybean Processors plant. (HCPD.com photo)

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) A Brookings company that makes an ingredient used in fish food is expanding with a $60 million production facility in nearby Volga.

Prairie AquaTech's new plant will be built along U.S. Highway 14 on land near the South Dakota Soybean Processors plant. A groundbreaking ceremony was scheduled for May 1, with completion expected in about a year.

The 30,000-sq.-ft. facility will add about 35 employees to Prairie AquaTech's current staff of 30. The company's main office will remain in Brookings.

The company said the $60 million raised for the project includes $45 million for construction, $10 million for operating capital and $5 million to develop new products.

Prairie AquaTech's products have come out of research at South Dakota State University. The products are for fish raised commercially for human consumption.