US-based Tri Marine International has confirmed that its multi-million dollar cannery plant in American Samoa is schedule to begin operations in January.
The company says that it's in the final phase of its four-year, 70 million US dollar rebuilding and expansion of what will be one of the industry's most state-of-the-art tuna processing facilities.
According to Tri Marine, the inauguration is planned for January 10th.
Tri Marine says the facility is anticipated to create 1,500 jobs when running at full capacity, with the ability to process the equivalent of more than one million cans of tuna daily.
Tri Marine chief executive officer, Renato Curto, says the new plant will enable US buyers to purchase high-quality tuna from US flagged vessels, processed in the US.
He says not only does this mean the products will be duty free coming into the US, but for those companies and organizations where 'Made in the USA' is an important distinction, Tri Marine can fulfill those needs.