April 30, 2010
Virginia's Eastern Shore is getting a new fish processing plant.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it's planning to start work on its new 35,000-square foot packing plant and office complex in Melfa next Wednesday.
The agency says the fishing industry harvests more than $10 million a year worth of seafood in the area and a modern processing plant will encourage the industry.
The office part of the complex will allow the agency to consolidate its marketing and consumer protection functions. It's also going to provide space for the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District.
Construction is expected to finish in 2011.