Pacific Seafood Corp., Clackamas, Ore., re-opened its Warrenton, Ore., plant after it burned down in a fire in 2013.
The original processing facility was built in 1941 and acquired by Pacific Seafood in 1983. Seven days after the plant burned down, the Warrenton team, headed by Mike Brown, general manager, temporarily relocated the facility and its 100 employees to Astoria, Ore.
“It’s a proud day to see this new state-of-the art facility,” says Frank Dulcich, chief executive officer. “We have invested significantly in this new facility to make sure that Oregon’s seafood industry will be stronger than ever. Our new facility and dock will support hundreds of team members and their families with living wage jobs, including healthcare and a profit sharing retirement benefit. We will provide a market for up to 70 independent commercial fishing vessels to deliver their catch and grow their business while improving our market access—many of which are ported right here in Warrenton.”
The plant also uses what is dubbed as first-of-its kind technology to clean wastewater while also conserving water. Pacific Seafood is said to be the first seafood processor on the West Coast to use this new, more environmentally friendly technology in a seafood processing plant.
Additional facility features are as follows:
- Spans more than 78,000 square feet.
- Processes Dungeness crab, steelhead, whiting and groundfish.
- 2-story cold storage area.
- Expanded team member amenities with gorgeous views.
- New, sustainable wastewater system.
- Distributes Oregon-caught seafood both nationwide and worldwide.
- Operates year-round.
- Processes fresh and frozen fillets, H&G, value-added, cooked frozen crab and consumer ready products.
- Will be BRC-certified by the end of the year.
- Ability to offload numerous vessels at a time due to multiple cranes.