Marine Harvest officially opened Ducktrap River of Maine's second smoked seafood facility in Belfast Sept. 7 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. The new facility is adjacent to the existing Ducktrap smokehouse.

The event was attended by senior management from Marine Harvest, Ducktrap River of Maine, local and state representatives, current and former employees, and partner contractors who made the facility possible.

Best practices from international smokehouses in the Marine Harvest organization were integrated into the design and construction of the new plant. According to a company press release, the expanded operation in Maine "will allow for continued growth and innovation for Marine Harvest and the Ducktrap brand in the growing smoked salmon category."

The new facility will produce cold smoked salmon exclusively and was designed based on three fundamentals: food safety, consistency and high quality, according to the release. The 50,000-square-foot smokehouse increases Ducktrap’s production capacity by 75 percent.

Technologically advanced kilns, slicers and packaging equipment from France, Denmark and Germany are integrated into the new, state-of-the-art production space, according to the press release, which stated, "The combination of Ducktrap’s unique brining and smoking recipes with advanced technology is the perfect blend of tradition and innovation."

Marine Harvest is a global leader in the production of farm-raised salmon with a presence in 24 countries and 13,233 employees worldwide. The company's world headquarters is in Bergen, Norway, and its U.S. headquarters is in Miami.

Founded in 1978, Ducktrap River of Maine has been part of Marine Harvest since 2007.