Seafood garage facility to create jobs for Eskasoni First Nation

Eskasoni First Nation has teamed up with a fish processing organization to create a new cold storage project in Sydney, N.S.

Eskasoni Cold Logistics is housed in a former Co-op food dealing with the facility. It formally opened Tuesday with an investment assertion from the federal and provincial governments.

The commercial enterprise is a partnership between Eskasoni First Nation and seafood producers Jim and Allan Gillis.

The 79,000-rectangular-foot facility has the potential to save up to 2.Three million kilograms of frozen seafood and 113,000 kilograms of stay seafood, such as lobster.

Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking introduced $750,000 in funding via ACOA, Indigenous Services Canada and the Atlantic Fisheries Fund.

The province is contributing $124,000. The investment will help create 15 jobs.

Plant manager Jim Gillis said the business is starting up with lobster season underway.

“It’s a viable area to preserve your product as an alternative of getting to go into Halifax or Moncton for bloodless garage,” said Gillis. “It’s the primary of its kind in Cape Breton that we keep the live product for the lobster industry.”

Gillis stated there is some hobby in the facility from across the Maritimes now that phrase is out.

Steve Parsons, the overall manager of Eskasoni’s company division, stated it’s also a task author for them.

He stated the ability will employ 4 or five people to begin and could upload some other 10 humans in time.

“When you have a community with an excessive unemployment rate our wins are going to be small, however, they may be going to quantity to a number of accumulation over time,” Parsons stated. “And we’re going to continue to are searching for out the one’s ventures in an effort to allow human beings to be employed outdoor of the community.”

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