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ARCTIC ALASKA FISHERIES OPENS NEW PROCESSING PLANT

 ARCTIC ALASKA FISHERIES OPENS NEW PROCESSING PLANT
 SEATTLE, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Arctic Alaska Fisheries Corp. (NYSE: ICE) today announced the opening of a new fish processing plant in Seattle.
 The 96,000-square-foot facility, located at Pier 91, will primarily process the company's frozen-at-sea pollock and cod into a variety of breaded and battered forms for the food service and institutional markets.
 "The new plant marks a now-completed change in our strategic direction from being a production-driven organization to that of a more responsive, market-driven company," said Ronald R. Jensen, president and chief executive officer of Arctic Alaska.
 "We've built this plant for the future, with the capability to incorporate more and different types of value-added production activities," he added.
 Jensen said the facility is the most advanced of its kind in the region, noting the U.S. Department of Commerce-inspected plant was designed with "quality as a top priority."
 The new site can accommodate up to four production lines, each capable of an annual output of 20 million pounds of breaded and battered fish product. The plant is currently equipped with one line. Additional lines will be added as needed.
 The new plant, expected to employ 30 - 40 workers initially, will add staff as the operation expands.
 Jensen said the new facility also will house all of Arctic's fin fish and seafood steaking operations, which were recently transferred from the company's existing processing plant at Pier 91. That 20,000- square-foot-operation, which processes the company's king, bairdi and opilio crab products, also will increase capacity by soon adding a fourth processing line.
 Arctic Alaska's expanded quality control department and its Superior Blends subsidiary, producer of a cryoprotectant blend ingredient used in surimi production, also have been integrated into the new plant.
 Arctic Alaska Fisheries Corp. is the largest and only publicly held U.S. fishing and at-sea processing company. Company vessels generally operate in the 200-mile exclusive economic zone off Alaska, catching crab and bottomfish such as pollock and cod. The catch is processed into a variety of seafood products that are sold domestically, to Japan and other export markets primarily under the Arctic Ice trademark.
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 /CONTACT: Rob Trafton of Arctic Alaska Fisheries, 206-298-4000/
 (ICE) CO: Arctic Alaska Fisheries ST: Washington IN: FOD SU:


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