Cannery needs 165 workers



GOULDSBORO — The company that will process lobster in the former Stinson Seafood cannery starting in June will hire 165 seasonal employees this spring.

Officials representing Garbo Lobster Co. Inc. of Hancock and East Coast Seafood of Lynn, Mass., said they will hold a job fair in Ellsworth in late March and will accept applications online.

The new entity is operating in the village of Prospect Harbor under the name Maine Fair Trade Lobster LLC.

“Our plan is to process 50,000 pounds of raw product a day, six days a week,” Peter Daley, manager of Garbo’s lobster pound in Hancock, said at a Feb. 15 meeting at the town office.

Daley said production employees will work a single shift from June through January, six days a week, 54 hours a week.

The pay scale for line workers will be $12.50 per hour for the first 40 hours and $18.75 per hour overtime, plus benefits.

Daley said the hope is employees — starting in 2014 —will work a longer year and eventually work year-round.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine.