NEWPORT NEWS -- Frozen seafood company High Liner Foods announced that it will expand its production facility in Newport News, adding 57 new jobs and making a $6.6 million investment in the area.

High Liner acquired the operations for the former Icelandic USA in December 2011 and plans to upgrade the facility.

In making the announcement, the governor's economic development office said Virginia beat out Georgia and South Carolina for the project.

High Liner is a publicly traded Canadian company whose branded products are sold in North America under the brands High Liner, Fisher Boy, Mirabel, Sea Cuisine and Royal Sea labels. The products are available in grocery and club stores.

High Liner also sells its products to restaurants and institutions and is supplies private label seafood products to retailers and food service distributors.

'Our production and distribution facilities in Newport News are the hub of High Liner Foods' U.S. food service operation, and this investment will further strengthen High Liner's ability to deliver innovative products to our customers when they need it,' said Keith A. Decker, President and Chief Operating Officer of High Liner Foods (USA) Inc.

The expansion of High Liner Foods is great news for the city,' said Florence Kingston, Director of Development for the city of Newport News. 'We work very closely with Newport News businesses, and it is extremely rewarding to see another quality company grow and expand in the city, reinforcing our philosophy of maintaining positive and helpful relationships with our businesses.'

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