Jacqueline Weaver

Live Lobster Plans to Begin Processing Lobster in July



Jacqueline Weaver
Sue Greenleaf, human resources director at Lobster Web Co., shows new employees where they will be processing lobsters beginning in late July.

GOULDSBORO — Live Lobster Co. plans to begin processing lobster in the former Stinson Seafood plant by the end of the month, according to company President Antonio Bussone.

“Everything has been on schedule so far,” Bussone said July 5. “We may be one week late.”

Bussone said his company, which is operating in the village of Prospect Harbor under the name Lobster Web Co., has met the requirements for obtaining a $200,000 federal loan.

The loan made available through the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) stipulated that 20 new jobs be created and that 51 percent go to persons of low and moderate income.

“We already met the requirements for the loan,” Bussone said in a phone interview. “The town is off the hook.”

Town officials were concerned Gouldsboro might have to repay the funds should the Chelsea, Mass.-based Live Lobster not be able to meet the loan stipulations.

Andrea Smith, development program manager for the state DECD, said in a letter to the town June 30 that she had received employee surveys for 20 new hires, 14 of which indicate they are low to moderate income.

“The business is showing its commitment to making this project work and it is my understanding, based on the e-mail sent by the company on June 23, they intend to follow this same process for the next $200,000 in grant funds,” Smith wrote.

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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. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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