Suquamish building new seafoods processing plant


Work has begun on a new processing plant that will allow the Suquamish Tribe to expand and diversify its seafood business.

The 16,000-square-foot plant is under construction off Sandy Hook Road in North Kitsap. Suquamish Seafoods’ current facility is just 2,000 square feet. The new plant will include chilled processing areas, live tanks, cold storage and air blast freezers.

Suquamish Seafoods has largely focused on geoduck sales since it was chartered in 1996. The new plant will help it branch out.

“With the new plant, we have the ability to deliver fresh clams, crab and salmon to our commercial customers,” Suquamish Seafoods General Manager Tony Forsman said in a news release. “We also plan to develop our product lines further, making them available directly to the consumer.”

Bainbridge Island’s PHC Construction is the contractor for the $2 million project, with the tribe’s Port Madison Enterprises providing site work. You can see an artist’s rendering of the new plant here.

I’ll be touring the construction site later this week, so stay tuned for a larger story on the expansion project.

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