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Mexico-Based Atarraya Plans Indianapolis, Indiana, Shrimp Farm Operation

Atarraya Inc., creator of Shrimpbox, the first sustainable ‘plug-and-play’ shrimp farming technology, plans to establish its first U.S. sustainable shrimp production operation in Indianapolis, Indiana. The $4.8 million project is expected to create 65 jobs.

The company will locate the new facility, which will include approximately 20 Shrimpboxes, at 2075 S. Belmont Avenue. The location will enable Atarraya to expand into the U.S. market and advance its goal of making shrimp the most sustainable, accessible and nutritious source of animal protein in the world.

"We've spent the past decade developing the technology that will empower the future of aquaculture and realized that in order to unleash its true potential to feed the world, aquaculture must be local," said Daniel Russek, CEO and founder of Attaraya. "We are excited to start in the U.S. agriculture capital of Indiana, which we believe will rapidly become the nation's agtech capital."

Based on the company’s job creation plans, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) committed an investment of up to $1 million in Atarraya through incentive-based tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants. The tax credits are performance-based, meaning Atarraya is eligible to claim incentives once Indiana residents are hired and trained. The city of Indianapolis supports the project.

Headquartered in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico, Atarraya currently employs 87 team members across Oaxaca, Campeche, Mexico City and Indiana.

"We’re inspired by the cutting-edge technology Atarraya has created to advance shrimp cultivation, and I am ecstatic to see these entrepreneurs and innovators choose Indiana to locate and scale their business,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers. “Indiana is the ideal location for agtech companies like Atarraya to continue developing innovative solutions while providing consumers with a sustainable food source.”

Housed in traditional cargo containers, Atarraya’s AI-powered Shrimpbox shrimp farming technology provides a sustainable, globally scalable protein source that creates new opportunities for farmers, even in landlocked, urban locations. Atarraya's Shrimpbox uses biotechnology, artificial intelligence and automation, and allows shrimp to be farmed locally, anywhere in the world. Unlike traditional shrimp farming, Shrimpbox operates with zero water pollution, eliminates the need for antibiotics or chemicals and produces fresh, healthy shrimp anywhere.

“Atarraya’s Shrimpbox unites the power of technology, science and sustainable food production to bring new choices to the U.S. market,” said Mitch Frazier, CEO of AgriNovus Indiana. “Indiana’s $52 billion agbioscience economy, coupled with our strength in technology, make Indiana a destination of choice for global innovators like Atarraya as we build the economy of the future.”

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