Bay de Verde plant looking at April reopening date
Automation reducing number of jobs at Quinlan Brothers facility
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
The new Quinlan Brothers fish plant in Bay de Verde.