ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — Omega Protein Corp. says it's adding a new steam dryer and cooling tower to increase peak processing ability at its plant in Abbeville.

The plant's general manager, Al Vidrine, says the Abbeville plant has been the company's most productive facility along the Gulf of Mexico, with big catches and excellent yields of oil.

The plant has been open for nearly 50 years and employs about 300 people.

Company president and CEO Bret Scholtes says the project will modernize the plant and shows commitment to Omega's Gulf Coast fishing operations and employees.

The Houston-based company's news release Tuesday did not say how much it's spending on the equipment.

The project is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2015 fishing season.

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