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Society: ASMEEra: 1940-1949DateCreated: 1949The Maritime & Seafood Industry MuseumBiloxiState: MSZip: 39530Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-a-l/food-processing/-230-the-lapeyre-automatic-shrimp-peeling-machine-, http://files.asme.org/asmeorg/Communities/History/Landmarks/12731.pdfCreator: Lapeyre, James Martial
The growth of the shrimp processing industry and its impact on local economies along the northern Gulf of Mexico, The U.S. West Coast and in more than forty other countries is largely attributable to the “machine that peels shrimp,” invented by sixteen year old James Martial Lapeyre from Houma, Louisiana,. The current Laitram Machinery Model A Automatic Shrimp Peeler is virtually identical to the first unit that was put into commercial use in 1949. Each machine peels approximately 1,000 pounds of shrimp an hour, ranging in size from 10 to 200 count per pound.
YearAdded:
2004
Image Credit: Courtesy ASMEImage Caption: Lapeyre Automatic Shrimp Peeling MachineEra_date_from: 1949
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