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Ribbon cutting for Mississippi plant drying shrimp hulls

There’s money to be made from the hulls of peeled shrimp, material that usually ends up in landfills. A facility opening along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast will process these shrimp exoskeletons and harvest the material known as chitin for use in a variety of products.

WLOX-TV reports that the Mari Signum Dragon Drying plant near the Vancleave community held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday.

The $2 million plant will dry and package the chitin, employing about 40 people at between $15 and $40 an hour when it reaches full capacity next year.

Company CEO John Keys says Louisiana and Mississippi are the nation’s busiest shrimp harvesting areas.

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