25 Sep 2009

American Samoa plans smaller replacement for Samoa Packing

10:09 am on 25 September 2009

A plan to resurrect a tuna cannery set to close next week in American Samoa, will be much smaller than its predecessor.

The American Samoa governor, Togiola Tulafono, is proposing the territorial Government buy the assets of the departing Samoa Packing's Chicken of the Sea cannery.

He envisages a plant processing tuna and linked with another company that sells the product.

Togiola yesterday told the fono that the new operation would employ 600 to 700 workers rather than the two thousand at Samoa Packing.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago Monica Miller says this means no opportunities for workers from neighbouring Samoa.

"There won't be a need to bring in guest workers from Samoa as the workers who may be from Samoa but who are now residing permanently in American Samoa can provide that labour pool. This is a very small operation compared to what American Samoa Packing has now."