Catfish processing company Superior Catfish will invest $17 million to expand its operations in Macon, Mississippi.
Superior Catfish is constructing a 31,500-square-foot addition onto its 31,000-square-foot facility to house two new full processing lines, which will accommodate an increase in demand. The company’s customers include Sysco, Performance Food Group, Merchants Foodservice and local restaurant chain Penn’s.
“We really appreciate the role the Mississippi Development Authority played in helping and encouraging us to move forward with this project. This plant expansion will help us sustain and improve current jobs, as well as create new jobs for the residents of Noxubee County,” said Superior Catfish President Fred Johnson. “This expansion will allow us to process more fish grown by the local farmers and allow us to better serve our existing customers while also allowing us to confidently expand and seek new customers. We are really excited about the future of Superior Catfish.”
Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building improvements and construction costs and an incentive. Founded in Macon in 2003, Superior Catfish currently employs 140 workers, with plans to add 25 associates. The company expects to complete its expansion in October 2020.
“Superior Catfish’s expansion is a win-win for the company and the area’s local catfish farmers,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “Mississippi’s agriculture industry is our strongest economic driver, and Superior Catfish’s growth in Noxubee County serves as a testament that companies in this important sector can find long-term success in our state.”
“MDA salutes the leadership of Superior Catfish for creating dozens of new job opportunities for the people of Noxubee County and the East Mississippi region,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “The positive impact of this expansion will benefit the local economy while enhancing the quality of life for Noxubee Countians for many years to come.”