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Potato plant on Maine/Canada border to double size

MARS HILL, Maine (AP) -- A northern Maine potato processing plant is set to break ground on a $7.5 million expansion that will result in the facility doubling in size.

Naturally Potatoes will begin expanding its Mars Hill facility on Wednesday. Company representatives say the expansion will double the facility's production and storage capacities. Allowing Naturally Potatoes to process 50 million pounds of Maine potatoes next year.

The facility is located on Maine's border with Canada, about 15 miles south of Presque Isle. The company says it will add up to 15 jobs over the next 18 months.

The expansion is set to include 12,000 new square feet of dry storage as well as double the refrigerated warehousing area. The company received town and state tax benefits to help with the expansion.