The crawfish and alligator processing plant Riceland Crawfish in Eunice has broken ground on a $3 million expansion at their facility.

According to company officials they will retain the current fifty employees, and they say the expansion means they will be adding ten new jobs.

The expansion includes a new 33,000 square foot building that costs $2 million, and they plan to spend $1 million to upgrade their equipment.

Riceland Crawfish has been in business since 1985.

The President of the company, Dexter Guillory, says,

“For 30 years we have been sharing the culture and food of Acadiana across the U.S. The crawfish industry in Louisiana represents a $173 million gross farm value and includes 1, 543 producers. Of that state total, the Acadiana Region is responsible for producing approximately 84 percent of that total or $138 million. This represents the work of 1, 232 producers and numerous processors.”

The company says the new facility will help them to be able to sell their product year-round including to buyers across the globe.

Governor John Bel Edwards says,

“We are delighted to see companies like Riceland Crawfish ensure that Louisiana’s culinary excellence makes it way far beyond our borders, bringing our culture to markets far and wide. Riceland’s new expansion is a testament to the skills of our workforce and to strengths of our local communities to support businesses and ensure they can grow and thrive. Our goal is to ensure that businesses like Riceland Crawfish have the tools and resources to expand and meet the demands of a growing customer base, and we congratulate them on this new chapter.”

Riceland Crawfish is family-owned business. You can find out more about them at https://www.ricelandcrawfish.com.