Riceland Crawfish announced plans to make a $3 million capital investment to expand its Eunice, La., headquarters facility.

With the new investment, the company will retain 50 jobs and create 10 new direct jobs in Acadiana, La. 

Riceland Crawfish produces Louisiana crawfish and alligator meat products. The company’s investment consists of $2 million for a new 33,000-square-foot facility and $1 million for new equipment to process crawfish and alligator meat.

The expansion gives Riceland the ability to provide crawfish products to major food distributors and retailers year-round. Additionally, the Riceland Crawfish’s expansion will help provide increased support to industries that provide bait, bags, boxes, sacks, seasoning, wire for traps and other products necessary for crawfish processing.

“For 30 years we have been sharing the culture and food of Acadiana across the U.S.,” says Dexter Guillory, president. “The crawfish industry in Louisiana represents a $173 million gross farm value and includes 1,543 producers. Of that state total, the Acadiana region is responsible for producing approximately 84% of that total or $138 million. This represents the work of 1,232 producers and numerous processors.”