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Quinlan Brothers reportedly interested in La Scie operations

Things could be looking up for the economy and fishing industry in La Scie this year, and perhaps in the future.
Reports surfaced this week that Quinlan Brothers is interested in setting up operations in La Scie, involving off-loading of boats and possibly the processing of some pelagic fish at the local fish plant

The fish plant in La Scie has been out of commission for the past couple of years. The plant currently owned by Daley Brothers was closed in 2012, leaving hundreds out of work. Now, there’s new hope on the horizon with Quinlan Brothers reportedly interested in setting up shop and doing business in the community, thus leaving the future of the plant still unknown, but perhaps brighter than before.

The plant has been inactive for the past number of years after Daley Brothers ceased operations there because of a decline in crab quotas.

As a result, many of the former fish plant workers have moved away and sought employment elsewhere, but Mayor Paul Toms says there’s still a strong workforce in La Scie.

“Oh there’s still plenty of people here that are able to work,” he said. “Some have gone away, yes, most of the people who had seniority in the plant before have gone, but there’s a lot more here yet.”

Toms says he’s excited about the news of a new company coming into town involved in the fishery, but is cautious until more information becomes available.

“We’re really glad that Quinlan’s may be showing interest in La Scie,” he said. “These are people you want to have in your town, and in your plant if you want to make it work.”

Toms confirmed that representatives of the company were in town recently to inspect the facilities and the equipment. The mayor says some new equipment will be installed for off-loading.

“There was an arm that wasn’t up to par, so that had to be replaced,” he said. “As for the product, I think it’s safe to say that we have the product that can make it work here.”

Many of the fishers in La Scie already have deals with Quinlan’s, and ship to their plants. Toms says it seems like a natural fit for the town and the company to work together to bring life to the facility in La Scie.

“Right now the focus is on the offloading of the boats,” he said. “I don’t think you’re going to see the plant in full operation right away, or anything like that, but once the company gets here and things start going, who knows what will happen?”

Toms says the details of the plans aren’t known yet.

The Nor’wester tried to reach Quinlan Brothers, but no one was available for comment as of deadline.

As for the mayor, though, he’s confident the company showing interest is good news.

“When you look at the fishery in the province today, it’s basically survival of the fittest,” he said, “and Quinlan’s is definitely one of the fittest.”

Geographic location: La Scie

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