New Brunswick gov’t supports efficiency upgrades at Blacks Harbour fish processor
The Government of New Brunswick is making an investment to help Connors Bros. complete efficiency upgrades to its processing plant.
“This company has been a vital part of our provincial economy since the 1890s,” said Premier Shawn Graham. “As we move toward a self-sufficient future, our plan for lower taxes and our strategic investments in key industries are helping companies to jump into new markets and diversify their products. Connors Bros. is an important example of how the revitalization of a traditional industry can carry a company successfully into the future.”
The provincial government is providing a $3-million forgivable loan as part of a $12-million project that it says will help maintain more than 1,000 jobs in southwestern New Brunswick.
Connors Bros. is one of Canada's oldest food producers and the largest producer of canned sardines worldwide. In 2004 the operations of Connors Bros. merged with those of Bumble Bee Seafoods LLC and Clover Leaf Seafoods Co.
“We are proud to call Blacks Harbour the Sardine Capital of the World,” said Rob Schindler, Connors Bros. Executive vice president. “The assistance from the province means we can continue to produce a variety of high-quality canned seafood to compete in a global market. This modernization initiative will improve plant efficiencies and working conditions while helping us become more energy-efficient. These changes will be good for business, for our employees and for our future.”
The Blacks Harbour plant is the only sardine cannery in North America. Its various companies produce canned tuna, salmon, sardines, clams, oysters, other specialty seafood products and canned meat products to a global market.