MILLSBORO, Del. – Mountaire Farms, a Millsboro, Del.-based poultry processing company, plans to build a $34.5 million plant to convert waste into products for the poultry and pet food industries, according to The Associated Press.

Company officials said the new resource recovery plant will recycle feathers, carcasses and other processing leftovers plus it will create 31 jobs by December 2011.

On Nov. 3, Mountaire Farms received an industrial expansion permit to build in the protected Coastal Zone. In exchange, it plans to convert boilers from oil to natural gas, install odor controls and make wastewater treatment plant upgrades to reduce pollution releases.

The Delaware Economic Development Office has provided a $787,500 grant from the Delaware Strategic Fund for the project.