“We are very excited about the opportunities that have presented themselves in the short time we have been here in Walker County,” said owner Ryan Cox. “Our business continues to grow.”
Cox plans to spend about $80,000 on a 5,000-square-foot tank that will serve as a hatchery for catfish.
“This is the first phase of our expansion with the second phase planned for next summer,” Cox explained.
“I am very proud of what Mr. Cox continues to accomplish here in Walker County,” said Walker County commissioner Bebe Heiskell. “It reminds us of what can be accomplished by hard work and determination.”
Five to 10 new jobs are expected to be created as a result of this hatchery expansion.
Inner City Aquaponics opened its doors in Rossville in May.
The hatchery, according to Cox, will also double as a research opportunity for area high school students.
“We have had the good fortune to partner with many of the area high schools to provide training opportunities for those students interested in a career in aquaponics or hydroponics,” Cox said.
Aquaponics is sustainable food production that combines aquaculture (the raising of aquatic animals such as fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a common environment.
Cox explained that his first harvest of catfish should occur in June or July of next year.
“We have commitments purchasing everything we can produce through 2015,” Cox said.