Baldacci to meet with Bumble Bee CEO at cannery

Posted March 12, 2010, at 11:17 a.m.

PROSPECT HARBOR, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci is meeting with the top executive of Bumble Bee Foods to discuss potential future uses for the company’s sardine cannery in eastern Maine that is slated to close next month.

The governor and CEO Chris Lischewski planned to meet Friday morning at the 100-year-old plant in Prospect Harbor.

San Diego-based Bumble Bee announced last month it is shutting down the plant, which is the last sardine cannery in the U.S. Bumble Bee says its decision was driven by deep cuts in recent years in the catch limits for herring.

Baldacci planned to meet with cannery workers after his meeting with Lischewski. About 130 workers are expected to lose their jobs.

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