Both Samoa canneries shutting down — one for three weeks, the other indefinitely
StarKist Samoa’s last day of production for 2016 is today — it will resume in three weeks time. However, today is a sad day for some 700 employees of Samoa Tuna Processors Inc. — the cannery is closing down its canning operation indefinitely.
The three-week down time for StarKist Samoa and the indefinite closure of Samoa Tuna Processors will immediately impact businesses — such as the stores around the canneries and bus transportation.
StarKist Co. confirmed last month that instead of their usual two-week shutdown at the end of the year, StarKist Samoa would close production for three weeks, including the first week of January 2017.
Samoa News learned early this week that the last day of production for StarKist Samoa is today and this was confirmed by StarKist corporate spokesperson Michelle Faist, who added that Jan. 9 is the first day of production in the New Year 2017.