Bay de Verde plant look­ing at April re­open­ing date

Au­to­ma­tion re­duc­ing num­ber of jobs at Quin­lan Broth­ers fa­cil­ity

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Things are look­ing good for Quin­lan Broth­ers Ltd.’s new pro­cess­ing plant in Bay de Verde, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued by the com­pany.

A small amount of snow crab was set to run through the new plant’s pro­cess­ing line to pre­pare for the first boat land­ings of the sea­son by the end of last week.

The an­nounce­ment came ex­actly one year af­ter a fire rav­aged the orig­i­nal plant in the com­mu­nity, leav­ing Quin­lan Broth­ers in dire straits and Bay de Verde with doubts about the fu­ture.

Now, the com­pany has turned that pes­simism around.

“Against all odds, we have over­come the great­est chal­lenge in our time,” the news re­lease stated. “To­day, we have a sta­teof-the-art pro­cess­ing ready for op­er­a­tion.”

The new plant, a 600-foot long metal build­ing, will only process snow crab this sea­son but will look at ex­pand­ing to ground­fish in the fu­ture.

The plant that burned down in 2016 fea­tured a north­ern shrimp pro­cess­ing line. Due to a col­laps­ing re­source, how­ever, the line has not been re­built for the new plant.

The orig­i­nal pro­cess­ing plant hired nu­mer­ous peo­ple from all across the prov­ince, and nearly 700 peo­ple were af­fected by the fire.

The news re­lease also made note of the new plant’s high level of tech­nol­ogy. The fa­cil­ity will be highly au­to­mated, which will in turn re­duce the num­ber of pro­cess­ing jobs re­quired to main­tain busi­ness. plant

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

The new Quin­lan Broth­ers fish plant in Bay de Verde.

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