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Trident Seafoods is now a triple owner of fish plants in Kodiak with its purchase this week of Western Alaska Fisheries. Trident has long operated the large Star of Kodiak processing plant and last year bought the small Alaska Fresh Seafoods plant next door. That will expand its frozen holdings, says Trident CEO Joe Bundrant –
We’re building a new freezer facility there – the fish we used to tender out of the Gulf of Alaska to our Akutanplant will now be processed here. In addition, when you get your big pink salmon runs in places like Prince William Sound we’ll be able to tender salmon here as well, and handle any large seasons of pinks that come into Kodiak.
Trident’s new freezer plant will mean more jobs for Kodiak’s resident workforce, says plant manager Paul Lumsden –
We’re anticipating a minimum of 50 per shift.
The new freezer plant will be on line by July. Bundrant says the takeover of Western Alaska Fisheries, which Trident purchased from Japan’s Maruha Nichiro, begins January first.
We’re excited to operate that plant and we’ll operate business as usual starting Jan. 1 and all qualified employees will be offered a job with Trident.
Trident Seafoods was launched by Chuck Bundrant in 1973 and it’s now the largest ‘source to table’ company in the nation. Son Joe says one constant is that Trident is all about its people.
Trident runs our business for our stakeholders. My dad has never paid a dividend to the shareholders. They are one of the stakeholders in this business. We take equally serious the other stakeholders and that is communities and certainly our fishermen. That’s our employees and that’s our customers.
Bundrant says investing in Kodiak holds special meaning for him –
To the town of Kodiak, I was born here – my parents lived on Island Lake when I was young. To be able to make this investment in Kodiak is something special.
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