Local investors trying to land carp processing plant

Jul 9, 2014

A carp processing facility on the Illinois River is still being considered. It’s estimated such a facility could create 40 initial jobs and cost as much as $10 million to build. That’s according to Peoria County Rural Economic Development Director John Hamann. He says investors from China, Texas and New York are looking at building a possible carp facility. Hamann says Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin and Chillicothe have also identified physical sites where a plant could locate. He says an ideal location can be tricky to nail down:

 “It needs to be fairly close to the river but not right on the water. It needs to be close to the interstates and things like that. And it needs to be a right-sized property of course. So that’s what the investors are doing and taking to the different communities, trying to put together some packages,” Hamann says.

 Hamann says a local group of investors hope to craft initial proposals for a carp plant by this fall.  The news comes as the community hosts the 2014 Flying Fish Festival this Friday and Saturday. The goal of the fishing tournament and cooking information is to educate the public about the invasive fish that threaten native species in the Illinois River.