Two months after moving operations to the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park, OmegaSea fish food company is in the midst of another big move.
This time it's into a new product line, manufacturing pellet food for home aquariums.
Mary Crews, operations manager for OmegaSea, said the company has installed new equipment for the pellet food, and hopes to begin turning out the new product by the end of the week.
"This is a pretty big investment of equipment, expertise, everything we need to get going," Crews said. "Any company like this, you have to keep improving, you have to go for more products."
Using the waste from local fish processing plants as raw material, OmegaSea currently manufactures a flaked food product for aquarium fish that is sold in 2,000 stores across the country. OmegaSea began selling its product in Japan about five months ago, and has started moving into the Italian market as well.
Crews said the pellet food should boost company sales by 30 percent to 40 percent initially, since OmegaSea is anticipating that stores carrying the flaked product will want the pellet food as well.
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