WARRENTON, Oregon (Oct. 18, 2022) – A new fishmeal processing facility in this Pacific Northwest community is the first of its kind to open in North America in at least 25 years.
The facility’s owners – Scoular, Da Yang Seafood, and Bornstein Seafoods – celebrated with a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday. The facility is located at the Port of Astoria’s Airport Industrial Park.
The facility will upcycle Da Yang and Bornstein fish trimmings from their nearby seafood processing plants. The trimmings will be processed into fishmeal and fish oil, valuable ingredients in the pet food and aquaculture markets and both marketed under Scoular’s Encompass™ brand. Processing will begin in early 2023.
Scoular, a global agribusiness based in Nebraska, is among the world’s largest and most diverse fishmeal and fish oil suppliers. Growth in the aquaculture and pet food industries has increased the demand for fishmeal, which delivers highly digestible protein.
“Our new joint venture meets this demand through innovation and by bringing together two longtime local businesses with Scoular to create a sustainable protein ingredient for pet food and aquafeed,” said Scoular CEO Paul Maass.
“Bornstein Seafoods has long sought to utilize 100 percent of our seafood resources as locally as possible, and this new facility will allow us to do just that,” added Andrew Bornstein, Vice President of Bornstein Seafoods. “Partnering with Scoular and Da Yang Seafood to not only optimize our ocean resources, but also to reduce our need to ship these resources to distant markets is a big win for our local community. We are really excited to be partnering with these great companies on this project.”
“Having an opportunity like this for Da Yang to partner with Scoular is a dream come true,” said Chih Wang, CEO of Da Yang Seafood. “This is a really happy day for us.”
The $17.5 million facility, the first tenant of the Port of Astoria’s Industrial Park, has helped to drive the park’s development. The construction project alone has added $5.4 million into the local economy, according to contractor estimates.
“The Port of Astoria welcomes this project to the Airport Industrial Park and Scoular to our community,” said Will Isom, the Port’s executive director. “This investment is a win for local business partners, the City of Warrenton, Clatsop County, the Port of Astoria, and the entire region. Scoular’s commitment to safety, integrity and upstanding business conduct are values shared here in our small town and align with the Port’s mission to generate economic growth in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.”
Others speaking at the ribbon-cutting event were David Faith, Scoular Chairman of the Board; Joe Andrus, Scoular Senior Vice President; Chad Gauger, Scoular Vice President and General Manager; and Mark Baldwin, Warrenton Mayor Pro-Tem.
Scoular is an employee-owned, over $9B agribusiness leading the way since 1892. We buy, sell, store, handle and process grain and ingredients by leveraging our global networks and expertise in international trade and transportation. Employing 1,400 people in more than 100 offices and facilities in North America and Asia, we provide safe and reliable solutions to farmers, grain processors, renewable energy producers and manufacturers of animal feed, aquafeed and pet food as well as food, beverages and supplements