The American Prawn Cooperative Processing Center celebrated its grand opening in Greene County Friday morning.
Farmers from six counties make up the cooperative, and say they wanted to start it so they could pull their resources and not compete with each other for the same market.
They say Prawns are like big shrimp with long claws and say their taste has a lobster-like quality.
The cooperative says with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, prawns could become a popular alternative to seafood normally caught there.
The cooperative also received a $200,000 tobacco trust fund to help buy quick freeze equipment and $197,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to market Prawns at Friday's event.