While in Bucksport, Governor Mills visits seafood businesses benefiting from Maine’s jobs and stimulus package

Bucksport, MAINE —During a visit to Bucksport today, Governor Janet Mills visited two local seafood processing companies that have received grants from her Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to upgrade their infrastructure.

“Maine’s seafood industry – from our fishers and aquaculturists to our processors and marketers – is the backbone of our economy, employing thousands of people along the coast and generating approximately $2 billion each year. year”, said Governor Janet Mills. “I was thrilled to visit Pemaquid Mussel Farms and Greenhead Lobster in Bucksport today to see how my Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan funding is supporting their success. Providing finance to help companies modernize their infrastructure strengthens them in the long term and protects them from the effects of inflation. My administration will continue to work to ensure the strength and vitality of this industry for years to come. »

In June, Governor Mills awarded more than $15 million to 107 Maine seafood merchants and processors, including Pemaquid Mussel Farms and Greenhead Lobster, as part of her COVID-19 Merchant Response and Resilience Program. and Seafood Processors (SDPP) to help increase the supply of Maine-harvested seafood, build their ability to deliver to markets, and create and sustain jobs in Maine’s iconic seafood industry . Businesses in each coastal county received prizes, with more than half of the grants totaling more than $115,000.

Bucksport’s Pemaquid Mussel Farms grow their mussels on ropes suspended from floating rafts. With funding from Governor Mills’ Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, Pemaquid will purchase a new processing line and equipment for its processing plant.

“The Seafood Merchants and Processors program was essential in moving us forward and into a bright future, providing our customers with the best quality mussels and mussel products and creating sustainable, high-quality jobs in Maine,” said Carter Newell, Managing Member of Pemaquid Mussel Farms LLC.

Greenhead Lobster is a family business with facilities in Stonington and Bucksport. During the pandemic, declining wholesale demand forced the company to invest heavily in new online sales. With funding from Governor Mills’ Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, Greenhead will make investments in innovation that will significantly increase the efficiency of their lobster processing.

“Greenhead Lobster appreciates the opportunity to participate in the SDPP program to complement our investments in innovation and technology,” said Hugh Reynolds, owner of Greenhead Lobster in Stonington. “Greenhead Lobster will use this grant to make investments in innovation that will significantly increase the efficiency of our lobster processing. We are very proud to be part of Maine’s lobster industry and are excited to use this funding to continue contributing to its future.

“Maine’s seafood traders and processors are a vital part of our coastal economy,” said Patrick Keliher, commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. “They have faced unprecedented challenges resulting from the pandemic. Through Governor Mills’ leadership and commitment to this industry, they have received a much-needed lifeline that will not only help them face future economic challenges, but also build a prosperous and profitable future.

The SDPP program is one of three initiatives in the governor’s jobs plan to support the economic recovery of Maine’s heritage fishing, forestry and agriculture industries from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the governor’s plan for jobs awarded about $41 million in economic stimulus funds to 392 businesses in these heritage sectors across Maine’s 16 counties. A second round of grants offering $14 million for the forest products industry is now available.

The Mills administration has provided more than $288 million in federal grants to Maine businesses and nonprofits to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.

The Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is the Governor’s plan, approved by the Legislature, to invest nearly $1 billion in Federal American Rescue Plan funds to improve the lives of Maine residents and families, help businesses, create well-paying jobs and build an economy. ready for future prosperity.

It draws heavily on the recommendations of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee and the state’s 10-Year Economic Development Strategy, turning them into concrete actions to improve the lives of Maine residents and strengthen the economy.

Funding for the jobs plan is through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, which allocated $4.5 billion in stimulus funds to Maine in 2021. Coordination of the jobs plan is led by the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future.

To learn more about Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, visit maine.gov/jobsplan.

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