StarKist Samoa negotiations for more land space at a standstill
Negotiations, which began last year, for additional land space for StarKist Samoa to expand operations has reached a standstill as both the American Samoa Government and the largest private employer in the territory have provided each other counter offers.
Land space for StarKist Samoa to build more freezer capacity was one of the issues discussed with ASG leaders during a meeting in March last year by StarKist Co., president and chief executive officer Andrew Choe when he visited American Samoa for one week.
Choe was scheduled to be in the territory last week, but he didn’t make the trip, according to Michelle Faist, the vice president of corporate communication at StarKist Co. She added that Choe made the plan unexpectedly on Jan. 19 not to travel here.
“The reason being is that part of the issues we’ve been having is the uncertainty of the land lease with [ASG land] at the shipyard,” Faist said in a news conference last Friday afternoon at the StarKist Samoa office.