High Liner is investing in its Newport News, Virginia, manufacturing site

High Liner is investing in its Newport News, Virginia, manufacturing site

Canada-based frozen seafood manufacturer High Liner Foods is investing US$6.6m in the expansion of its manufacturing site south of the border in Virginia.

The group plans to modernise and extend the facility in Newport News to ramp up production in response to growing demand from the foodservice sector, High Liner indicated yesterday (21 May).

"As demand for our foodservice products continues to grow, this increased production capacity will allow High Liner to be an even better partner for our customers," president and COO Keith Decker said. The move will create 57 new jobs.

High Liner acquired the Newport News facility as part of its acquisition of Icelandic Group's US and Aisan business in late 2011.

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High Liner Foods Announces $6.6M Expansion of Manufacturing Plant
High Liner Foods Inc., (TSX:HLF), the leading value-added seafood supplier in North America, today announced that it will invest $6.6 million to further modernize and expand its manufacturing facility in Newport News, Va., increasing production to meet customer demand for products from its leading U.S. foodservice brands. As part of this expansion, High Liner will create 57 new jobs to support the expanded production capabilities.
“As demand for our foodservice products continues to grow, this increased production capacity will allow High Liner to be an even better partner for our customers.” High Liner Foods acquired Icelandic Group’s U.S. and Asian operations, including the 240,000-square-foot Newport News facility, in December 2011. The Newport News expansion project includes new equipment and systems to expand production and process capabilities, while also improving efficiencies. High Liner also operates processing facilities in Malden, MA, Portsmouth, NH, and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
“Our vision is to be the leading supplier of frozen seafood in North America, and this expansion of our Newport News operation puts us a step closer to that goal,” said Keith A. Decker, president and chief operating officer of High Liner Foods (USA) Inc. “As demand for our foodservice products continues to grow, this increased production capacity will allow High Liner to be an even better partner for our customers.”
To help fund the expansion, High Liner Foods is eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support High Liner’s recruitment, training and retraining activities. Governor Bob McDonnell approved a $250,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist the city of Newport News with the project.

 

Original source: High Liner Foods