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trū Shrimp announces plan to build shrimp hatchery in Luverne

trū Shrimp announced today it plans to build its first shrimp hatchery in Luverne. The city was previously selected to be home to a shrimp harbor.

BALATON — The trū Shrimp Company announced today it intends to build its first hatchery in Luverne, sharing the campus with the planned shrimp production facility, Luverne Bay Harbor.

“From a bio-security aspect we have been concerned about a hatchery being close to a Harbor,” said Michael Ziebell, President & CEO of trū Shrimp.  “However, in our continuing development we have had an engineering and process breakthrough that enables the hatchery and Harbor to share the same campus.”

The 60-acre Luverne campus near Interstate 90 will house Luverne Cove Hatchery, a 42,000-square-foot facility, a free-standing shared water treatment facility and Luverne Bay Harbor.

“Every day we are learning and every day we challenge assumptions,” said trū Shrimp board chairman Brian Knochenmus. “Previously we could not house the hatchery and Harbor near each other because of biosecurity concerns. We care for these shrimp, and the less stress they are under the healthier they remain. This is a big leap forward for efficiency and the welfare of each trū Shrimp.”

Luverne Cove Hatchery will provide for spawning and house larviculture tanks where small post larvae shrimp grow until they are mature enough to be transferred to a Harbor. The hatchery will be able to raise 2 million post-larvae (baby shrimp) annually, which is enough to supply two fully operational Harbors and provides future redundancy. Luverne Cove Hatchery is projected to employ 20 people and the Harbor will employ 60.

trū Shrimp, an affiliate of Ralco, will continue to expand in Marshall and Balaton. Ralco is currently consolidating executive and support services within leased office space in Marshall, which remains its headquarters. trū Shrimp is presently constructing Balaton Bay Reef Training and Engineering Center, a multi-million-dollar expansion in Balaton.

trū Shrimp was planning to build a hatchery in Marshall.

“Based on previous bio-security assumptions, we thought we could not build a hatchery and a Harbor in Marshall” said Ziebell.  “Now we can turn our attention to Marshall becoming home to a future Harbor and hatchery.”

The city of Marshall is working diligently to lay the groundwork for trū Shrimp facilities both with Commerce Park development and improvements to the municipal water systems.

“We recognize the investment that Marshall and its economic development leadership has made into Commerce Park industrial area, and we intend to utilize the area. Marshall is in our plans for future expansion of trū Shrimp.” Knochenmus said.

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Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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