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StarKist will hold Board meeting in American Samoa

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StarKist Company's board of directors and executive team arrive next Monday for the semi-annual Board of Directors' meeting including Jae-chul Kim, board chairman of Dongwon industries, the South Korean based owner of StarKist Co and StarKist Samoa.

Responding to Samoa News questions yesterday, Mary Sestric - the StarKist spokesperson based at the company's headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa. - said next week's events will run from Tuesday, Dec. 6 through Thursday, Dec. 8.

She said the meeting will include a review of American Samoa operations (includes a plant tour) as well as overall 2011 business updates. "Both the StarKist executive team and the StarKist Board of Directors will be in American Samoa for these meetings, the majority of which will take place at the plant," she said via e-mail from headquarters.

Sestric believes this is the first time a StarKist board meeting has been held in the territory.

"Chairman Kim and StarKist have a long history with American Samoa and its people, so the group hopes to meet with many partners and colleagues, as well as American Samoa's leaders, while on island," Sestric said last month.

Sestric would not comment on whether the StarKist team will meet with the private sector or the issues to be discussed during their meeting with the governor.

She says these and other Samoa News queries would be appropriate for the company's news conference being set up for next week, the date and time to be announced soon.

Samoa News understands that company executives will meet with Gov. Togiola Tulafono to discuss a range of issues including minimum wage increases - the next one due to go into effect next September - and the proposed $1.5 million freezer storage facility.

Perhaps the biggest question in the minds of many local families is whether the territory's largest private employer is planning to hire more people next year. Some 100 were being hired in recent weeks, to accommodate the seasonal demand.

Meanwhile, StarKist Samoa production resumes Monday after a two week maintenance shutdown, that was postponed in October. Fish Room & quality assurance crews start a day earlier than the rest of the employees, who start Monday.



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