The Town of Belhaven will be welcoming back a new fish processing plant this fall. It is one of the main industries the town was built on.
The new processing plant, which will be named County Home Seafood, will be owned and operated by Newman Seafood of Swan Quarter.
The plant will bring a minimum of 25 jobs to town as well as revitalizing the fishing industry.
“I think it’s great you know the jobs and that means we can get fresher product and that should help a lot,” said George Baker, owner of Georgie’s Sport and Oyster Bar.
Many locals say there used to be 4 fishing companies in Belhaven during the 60’s and 70’s and now there are none. They say they are excited to get the industry back up and running.
“That’s what the town was built on, that’s what I was raised on that’s what put food on our tables – everyone at some time in some form or fashion worked in the seafood industry, just glad to be part of it coming back,” said Mayor Ricky Credle.
The half of million dollar grant was given to the town by the NC Department of Commerce.
“I really believe in my heart that this is going to really grow and we are going to see a much bigger expansion of the industry in our area,” said Lynn Davis, town manager.