During his visit to Bucksport, Governor Mills tours seafood companies benefiting from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan

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Bucksport, Maine —During a visit to Bucksport today, Gov. Janet Mills visited two local fish processing companies that have received grants to modernize their infrastructure under their Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan.

“Maine’s seafood industry — from our fishermen and aquaculturists to our processors and our traders — is a cornerstone of our economy, employing thousands of people along the coast and generating approximately $2 billion in revenue each year.” said Gov. Janet Mills. “I was thrilled to visit Pemaquid Mussel Farms and Greenhead Lobster in Bucksport today to see how funding from my Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan is supporting their success. Providing finance to help companies modernize their infrastructure strengthens them in the long term and helps protect 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 retailers and processors, including Pemaquid Mussel Farms and Greenhead Lobster, as part of its COVID-19 Response and Resilience Program (SDPP) for seafood retailers and processors increase the supply of Maine’s harvested seafood, strengthen their ability to supply markets, and create and sustain jobs in Maine’s famous seafood industry. Businesses in all coastal counties received awards, with more than half of the grants exceeding $115,000.

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

“The Seafood Dealer and Processor Program has been essential to moving us forward and to a bright future, providing our customers with the best quality clams and clam products, and creating sustainable, high-quality jobs in Maine,” said Carter Newell, executive director of Pemaquid Mussel Farms LLC.

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

“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 complete investments in innovations that will significantly increase the efficiency of our lobster processing. We are very proud to be a part of the Maine Lobster Industry and we are excited to use this funding to continue to contribute to its future.”

“Maine’s seafood traders and processors are an important part of our coastal economy,” said Patrick Keliher, Commissioner of Marine Resources for the Maine Department. “They have faced unprecedented challenges arising from the pandemic. Governor Mills’ leadership and dedication to this industry has given them a much-needed lifeline that will not only help them weather future economic challenges, but also build a prosperous and profitable future.”

The SDPP program is one of three initiatives in the governor’s job plan to support the economic recovery of Maine’s traditional fishing, forestry and agriculture industries from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the governor’s jobs plan awarded approximately $41 million in economic recovery funds to 392 companies in these historic sectors across all 16 of Maine’s counties. A second round of $14 million in grants 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 help mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

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

It draws heavily on recommendations from the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee and the state’s 10-year economic development strategy and translates them into concrete actions to improve the lives of Maine’s people and strengthen the economy.

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

For more information on the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, visit maine.gov/jobsplan.

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