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MARS HILL, Maine (AP) — One of Maine's three potato processing companies is planning a $7.5 million expansion.

Naturally Potatoes announced Friday that it plans to make improvements to its Mars Hill plant that will allow it to boost production 25 percent next year.

The facility is expected to process about 40 million pounds of Maine potatoes for the refrigerated potato market this year.

The expansion will allow it to increase the amount of potatoes it processes to about 90 million pounds, potentially in five years, CEO William Haggett told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1hJT0Ow ).

"We have something going that's good for the potato industry in Maine and agriculture in Aroostook County, and good for the overall economy of the state of Maine," said Haggett.

Naturally Potatoes grows potatoes on its 900-acre farm in St. Agatha and also buys potatoes from 12 to 15 other growers in Aroostook County. The company will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday at the Mars Hill facility.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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