22 Aug 2013

Starkist in American Samoa asks Govt for more land to expand

9:56 am on 22 August 2013

The American Samoa Government is considering several government owned parcels of land close to the StarKist Samoa plant at Atu'u after the cannery requested land to expand its operations.

The President and CEO of the cannery's parent company StarKist, Sam Hwi Lee, said the plant is locked in at the present site and the cannery has asked the government for land.

The governor's executive assistant, Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, says the Governor's mandate to the American Samoa Power Authority, included his request to centralize all electrical production facilities in Tafuna, and free the site where the old Satala Plant stood to be dedicated to fisheries development expansion.

But he says unfortunately, engineers have cited distribution efficiencies and disaster related precautions.

Iulogologo says the governor is aggressively trying to identify land to accommodate Starkist's wish for the expansion of its production facilities which will translate to additional jobs for local people.