€30 million investment in Killybegs

Iconic fish processing plants in Killybegs being totally redeveloped and reconstructed

€30 million investment in Killybegs

Pictured at last week's opening at United Fish Industries (UFI).

Matt Brittonmatt.britton@donegaldemocrat.com

An investment by United Fish Industries (UFI) and the Pelagia Group of €30 million has seen one of the iconic fish processing plants in Killybegs being totally redeveloped and reconstructed into one of the most modern Marine Ingredient plants in the world.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Michael Creed, TD officially opened the new plant on Monday afternoon accompanied by his colleague Minister Joe McHugh, deputies Thomas Pringle and Pearse Doherty and Cllr. Noel Jordan.

General Manager of UFI, Frank Trearty said: “The redevelopment of the Killybegs plant took significant planning as essentially the old factory was demolished and a new one rebuilt during two phases, while the plant still took in raw materials and provided a service to the fishing industry.

“We have installed the most up to date systems in the plant and redesigned the look of the old plant into a truly modern facility enhancing the reputation of Killybegs as Ireland’s premier fishing port.”

Speaking at the opening, CEO of Pelagia Feed, Arnt Ove Hoddevik said: “Of the 26 facilities of the Pelagia Group, UFI Killybegs is located in a key and central position. It is the right factory in the right place with the right labour. Further developments will take place- we need your cooperation - together we can achieve our long term goals. This factory has the ability to become one of the pillars of the Irish Fishing industry.”