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Pacific Seafood Opens Newport Surimi Plant; Accepts First Deliveries from Local Fishermen

Jun 01, 2017
Pacific Seafood Group today opened the surimi processing plant on Newport’s famed “working waterfront” to local fishermen. The company has been working around the clock for the past several weeks to get the plant ready for the 2017 whiting season. Pacific Seafood has hired more than 120 new team members to staff the facility, and continues to recruit additional workers.
NEWPORT, Ore. – June 1, 2017 – Pacific Seafood Group today opened the surimi processing plant on Newport’s famed “working waterfront” to local fishermen. The company has been working around the clock for the past several weeks to get the plant ready for the 2017 whiting season. Pacific Seafood has hired more than 120 new team members to staff the facility, and continues to recruit additional workers.

“We’re thrilled to be able to start operations,” said Dan Occhipinti, a spokesman for Pacific Seafood. “We made a commitment to Newport fishermen to keep this facility open, and we’re excited to continue our partnership with the Newport community.”

Today’s announcement closes the latest chapter in a long and still-developing story. Trident Seafoods announced in April that it would close the facility after years of financial losses. Pacific Seafood agreed to acquire, retrofit, and operate the facility in time for the 2017 season, but only if fishermen, the community, and the Oregon Department of Justice agreed.

Fishermen affected by potential closure unanimously supported the sale to Pacific Seafood, as did all major West Coast seafood processors. The Oregon Department of Justice also reviewed the proposal to keep the plant open.

Last week, the plant’s future was thrust back into the spotlight by a surprise lawsuit filed by Portland attorney Mike Haglund (U.S. District Court, D. Or. Case No. 0:17-CV-00815). Haglund filed the case on behalf of Richard Carroll, an out-of-state investor, and Steven Webster, a Newport real estate developer, claiming that seafood processors had conspired to deprive his clients of the chance to buy waterfront properties, including the surimi plant. The developers seek to acquire the properties and collect millions in damages. Webster’s company, Front St. Marine, LLC, already owns waterfront properties occupied by Undersea Gardens and Seawater Seafoods Co.

Haglund has a long history of suing Pacific Seafood, with 5 current lawsuits against the company. Earlier this week, Pacific Seafood won one of those cases in Newport, which also involved Webster (Lincoln County Circuit Court Case No. 16CV25418). The court in that case held that Webster could not interfere with Pacific Seafood’s business operations. Haglund has threatened to appeal the decision.

“We’re confident that the latest mudslinging will quickly be exposed for what it is: a land grab by developers hoping to acquire additional waterfront property,” said Occhipinti. “In the meantime, this plant will continue to support fishermen, the Newport community, and more than 140 traded sector jobs.”

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