Baldacci team to visit Stinson Seafood today

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 22, 2010, at 8:29 p.m.

GOULDSBORO, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci is expected to meet with local officials today to discuss the announced closure of the Stinson Seafood sardine cannery in the village of Prospect Harbor.

About 130 employees at the waterfront cannery, the last of its kind in the United States, are expected to lose their jobs when the facility closes for good on April 18.

Bumble Bee Foods, which acquired the plant in 2004, has blamed the closure on reductions by federal officials of the allowable catch for Atlantic herring, which is what sardines are called before they are canned. With an overall catch limit of 91,000 metric tons, the plant won’t be able to get enough herring to meet production levels that would ensure the cannery’s long-term economic viability, according to Bumble Bee.

Officials in Gouldsboro and neighboring Winter Harbor have expressed concern that the closure of the plant will have a significant economic impact on their two towns.

According to an advisory released Monday afternoon by the governor’s office, Baldacci is expected to visit the cannery shortly before noon today, along with job retraining and placement officials with Maine Department of Labor. Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman and Maine Department of Economic and Community Devel-opment Commissioner Thaxter Trafton are expected to accompany the governor during the visit.

The governor then is expected to meet with Gouldsboro officials at the town office around 12:15 p.m., the advisory indicated.

Attempts Monday evening to contact municipal officials in Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor were unsuccessful.

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Baldacci team to visit Stinson Seafood today

BY BILL TROTTER

OF THE NEWS STAFF

GOULDSBORO — Gov. John Baldacci is expected to meet with local officials today to discuss the announced closure of the Stinson Seafood sardine cannery in the village of Prospect Harbor.

About 130 employees at the waterfront cannery, the last of its kind in the United States, are expected to lose their jobs when the facility closes for good on April 18.

Bumble Bee Foods, which acquired the plant in 2004, has blamed the closure on reductions by federal officials of the allowable catch for Atlantic herring, which is what sardines are called before they are canned. With an overall catch limit of 91,000 metric tons, the plant won’t be able to get enough herring to meet production levels that would ensure the cannery’s long-term economic viability, according to Bumble Bee.

Officials in Gouldsboro and neighboring Winter Harbor have expressed concern that the closure of the plant will have a significant economic impact on their two towns.

According to an advisory released Monday afternoon by the governor’s office, Baldacci is expected to visit the cannery shortly before noon today, along with job retraining and placement officials with Maine Department of Labor. Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman and Maine Department of Economic and Community Devel-opment Commissioner Thaxter Trafton are expected to accompany the governor during the visit.

The governor then is expected to meet with Gouldsboro officials at the town office around 12:15 p.m., the advisory indicated.

Attempts Monday evening to contact municipal officials in Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor were unsuccessful.

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