Upgraded Troutlodge facility boosts incubation capacity
By Liza Mayer
By Liza Mayer
Washington State’s Troutlodge has upgraded its trout egg incubation facility, allowing it to hold and incubate as many as 100 million trout eggs at a time.
The remodeled facility, located in Bonney Lake, Washington, was officially opened on July 5.
“Our new incubation hatchery is very likely the largest privately owned trout egg incubation facility in the world,” said Keith Drynan, general manager. “Troutlodge can now incubate eggs at several different temperatures to facilitate customer requirements, as well as sterilizing and reusing the incubation water several times.”
Drynan added that support from parent company, Hendrix Genetics, enables Troutlodge to supply quality, disease-free rainbow trout eggs selected for high survival and growth to customers in 50 countries around the world.
Washington Congressman Reichert, who cut the ceremonial ribbon at the facility’s opening, noted the role of Troutlodge in the state’s economy. “The new Troutlodge incubation facility is of critical importance to retaining jobs in the 8th Congressional District. Troutlodge prides itself on being the largest and leading supplier of live trout eggs. Each year their 60 employees work hard to produce about 500 million trout eggs, of which the vast majority is exported. This is a great example of how exports help drive business and support jobs. It is also one of the reasons I am a committed advocate for trade and will continue fighting to open new markets for American businesses and workers.”