Canadian seafood firm back in business under new owner

Company shut down suddenly last year, putting more than 100 people out of work.

Canadian seafood company Mills Seafood, based in New Brunswick, has resumed operations under new ownership, after it closed suddenly last year, putting more than 100 people out of work, reportsCBC News.

Norm LeBlanc, the new owner, said he made an offer to buy the plant around late April but would not say how big the investment was, except that it was in the "low seven figures."

Mills processes just about everything seafood, and although LeBlanc said clams only represents about 10 percent of his production volume, the reopening was welcome news for all in the clam industry.

LeBlanc is president of Captain Dan's Seafood and said he was hoping to begin operations earlier in the season, but had to wait to receive his operating license from government, which only happened this week.

“This particular operation has been in the community in Bouctouche for close to 50 years,” said LeBlanc. "I think when it did shut down it put a lot of people out of work and the community was distraught."

About 40 of the employees who lost their jobs when Mills suddenly closed were hired back. The others have since found work elsewhere, and LeBlanc said he's actively looking to at least double his staff.

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