Quinlan Brothers expects site work to commence shortly to rebuild its snow crab processing facility in Bay de Verde.
The good news comes three months after a fire completely destroyed the company’s plant in the Trinity Bay community, leaving hundreds of workers displaced. The company has since arranged for the vast majority of those workers to find employment at plants operated by other companies in Brigus and Winterton.
According to a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon, the plan now is for the plant to be back in business next spring.
Quinlan Brothers has since selected Marco Group to lead the building process, with an engineering and design team already engaged in preparations for the project. the company said geotechnical surveys and in-ground infrastructure assessments have been completed.
“We remain confident that with continued commitment and support we can fully recover from the loss,” the company said in the release.
Since the fire, Quinlan Brothers has worked with other snow crab producers to ensure harvesters were not negatively impacted by the loss of the plant. The company said in the release plant workers who have found employment elsewhere will qualify for Employment Insurance benefits.