New international fisheries industrial park to bring new jobs to Ballard County
“This is my vision — for years, I know — for the future. This is our future — Asian carp future. We need a huge market. We need a value-added product,” says Two Rivers Fishery Owner Angie Yu.
Two Rivers Fishery will be joined by 12 other companies at the industrial park. The companies will produce Asian carp products such as foods and fertilizer, as well as products related to the industry such as nets to catch them. Yu says the new partnership will bring more than 100 jobs to the region right away. Ballard County Judge Executive Todd Cooper says it’s something they have needed for a while.
“During a 12-year period, Ballard County had lost jobs up in through 2017, and now we’re seeing that trend go the opposite direction, which is a good thing,” says Cooper.
All the investors starting the businesses are from China, including Chengguang Jiang. He will be producing Asian carp meatballs. Speaking to us through an interpreter, he says Kentucky is one of the best places in the world to produce Asian carp.
“When I come to Kentucky, I see 15,20, 30 even 50 pounds of Asian carp in beautiful waters, and I see this as a golden opportunity,” says Jiang.
Jiang says he’s ready to get started.
The property where the industrial park will be built is currently owned by Ballard County. Cooper says it could take at least three months for the transaction to be completed.