Gouldsboro optimistic on future for old sardine cannery

GOULDSBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Leaders in Gouldsboro are hoping an ongoing project could bring dozens of crucial jobs back to their town.

Officials with Maine Fair Trade Lobster say they are continuing to work towards officially reopening the old Stinson seafood cannery in Prospect Harbor sometime in May. The company is looking to process lobster on the site which is something another company tried after the cannery was closed in 2010.

Live Lobster suffered financial problems during that venture and wound up having to close the plant down again in 2012. It was then purchased last year by Garbo Lobster of Connecticut and East Coast Seafood, which is based in Massachusetts. So far those two companies say they have put about $3 million into the site.

"They have the experience..they really know what they're doing in terms of processing," said town selectman Bill Thayer, "Garbo's probably one of the biggest buyers of lobsters on the east coast...There are a lot of people who are going to be working at Maine Fair Trade are people who worked with Stinson's for years..very reliable people who really give the job everything they got."

Gouldsboro has also helped back the renovation project financially. Town leaders were able to help Maine Fair Trade secure a community development block grant for about $100,000.


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