Hollywood Slots GM named to tourism board

Posted March 02, 2011, at 5:40 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — John Osborne, general manager of Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway, has been named Chairman of the Board of the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Living and working in Bangor, I am continually impressed with the region as a tourist destination with a growing list of attractions and a great group of people with innovative ideas,” said Osborne, who has been at Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway since September 2009.  Before that, Osborne worked at casinos in Tunica, Miss., and Atlantic City, holding senior level management positions in the industry since 1982.

The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit, membership-based organization that specializes in attracting conventions, meetings, conferences and visitors to the region.

Portland Shellfish Co. back in business

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PORTLAND, Maine — The Food and Drug Administration says a Maine company can resume processing ready-to-eat lobster, shrimp and crab products.

Portland Shellfish Co. was unable to process shrimp for the bulk of the winter season because of a consent decree reached in January with the FDA over listeria contamination last year.

Owner Jeff Holden said the company spent $500,000 on new equipment, beefed up testing and sanitation, and hired new quality control workers to ensure there’s no future contamination. The processing plants in South Portland and Portland resumed production last week.

Portland Shellfish processes 13 million to 14 million pounds of seafood each year. The FDA says the company ships its products to retailers in Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Washington, New Jersey and Louisiana.

Container ship service to run from Maine to Miami

PORTLAND, Maine — A container ship company plans to connect a string of ports from Portland, Maine, to Miami, and possibly all the way to Galveston, Texas.

New York-based American Feeder Lines plans a hub-and-spoke network connecting smaller ports to larger hub ports. Portland would be part of the New England-Halifax Shuttle, due to begin operations in spring, connecting Portland, Boston and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Portland has lacked regularly scheduled cargo service in recent years.

The Portland Press Herald says the program is getting a boost from the federal Marine Highway Program, which is aimed at reducing air pollution and truck traffic. The company plans to build 10 small container ships in U.S. shipyards to comply with federal laws for domestic shipping.

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