United Fish Industries (UFI) and the Pelagia Group have invested a combined €30 million to redevelop of one of Ireland\'s most iconic fish processing plants in Killybegs into a highly moderm fishmeal and fish oil plant.
Michael Creed, Ireland\'s Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, officially opened the new plant during an event organized by UFI. At the event, national suppliers of raw materials as well as residents and representatives from the Department of the Marine, Donegal TD’s, and local area county councillors were given a tour of the new facility.
General Manager of UFI, Frank Trearty explained that the redevelopment of the plant was significant, as the old building was demolished and a new one built in it\'s place. \"The flexibility and ingenuity of our staff in the plant and wider group were central to this successful process,\" he said. \"Sourcing the most efficient and reliable equipment was key to the redevelopment to create processing and engineering systems that will be highly energy efficient with lower (CO2 emissions).\"
\"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.”
The plant has 36 employees, though over 200 people were employed during the three-year refurbishment.