A large warehouse at the Elgin Innovation Centre (EIC) in the former Imperial Tobacco Canada plant is about to be transformed into a state-of-the-art shrimp farm.
EIC Chief Executive Officer Jack Baribeau said the first set of municipal building permits had been issued on Friday, Oct. 2 for the renovation work at the warehouse located off of Elm Street on the Aylmer and Malahide border.
The first phase of the Planet Shrimp operation will involve 66,000 square feet with plans to someday expand into the entire 224,000 square feet available in the building.
About 25 jobs would be created initially with a target of total 75 to 100 positions.
If all goes according to plan, the first shrimp grown at the facility for the seafood market would be ready for shipping March 1.