Tri Marine International representatives said they were pleased with how talks went with the governor of American Samoa last week, reports Talanei.com.
Tri Marine’s vice president of production, Dan Sullivan, said Tri Marine looked forward to supporting the administration’s efforts to develop and grow the economy in American Samoa.
Regarding the status of construction at the Samoa Tuna Processors plant at Atuu, Sullivan said the coldstore facility, will be opening in the next two-three months and the fresh and frozen facility is likely to be completed later this year.
The cannery is now expected to be up and running sometime in 2014.
Attending the meeting with Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and lt. governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga were Joe Hamby, managing director of Tri Marine, Alfonso Pete Galea’i of Samoa Tuna Processors, the Tri Marine subsidiary that is operating the local cannery and Sullivan.
Sullivan reiterated statements made last year by CEO and President of Tri Marine, Renarto Curto, that the company considers American Samoa to be a major regional hub of activity for the tuna industry.
He said their additional investments in the processing side will contribute to that in a major way.