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EMO Disaster Financial Assistance Program - Dec. 9th to 12th, 2014
On Feb. 19, 2015, the province announced that there is funding available in response to damages suffered during the heavy rainfall and flooding which occurred between December 9th and 12th , 2014. Click here to download the media release with details about the program, and click here for an application.
The areas involved in the program are: Halifax, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis, Kings, Hants, Colchester, Cumberland, and Pictou counties.
Individuals, small businesses and not for profits must have their claims presented by an April 30, 2015 cutoff date.
CelluFuel Seeking Staff
Jan. 28, 2015, Liverpool, NS: CelluFuel, an innovator in alternate fuel technology development, is taking applications for the lead position in its start-up operation, located at Port Mersey Commercial Park in Brooklyn, Queens County. The Lead Operator/Technician position will be the first job created at the plant, and this person will work with the Project Manager to oversee the construction and start-up of the plant. It is expected that four to five additional positions will be hired in spring of 2015.
"It is exciting to hear this news. There has been much anticipation in the time since CelluFuel announced that they would locate the demonstration stage of their operations here in Brooklyn," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "It took time to get equipment manufactured, and their investors and financing lined up, but now that those things are in place, the community will notice things starting to move quickly. It is exciting to see the first of the jobs posted."
CelluFuel was the first company to announce they would set up operations in the former Bowater Mersey site, when the province of Nova Scotia began developing a portion of the 80+ acre site as the Innovacorp Demonstration Centre in 2012. The company has an exclusive license to develop the production of synthetic renewable diesel fuels from wood fibre. On Sept. 3, 2014, the company CEO Chris Hooper, along with investors and representatives, announced that they had secured the nearly $5 million required get the company operational, and projected that the equipment would be arriving in Nova Scotia in the first half of 2015 with start-up of the project beginning shortly thereafter.
"We are excited to make this first of what we expect to be several job postings for this project," said Chris Hooper, CEO of CelluFuel Inc. "We have worked tirelessly to make this project a reality and it is now fully underway. We believe that the wealth of experience within the community will be a critical component of our future success."
The job posting for the Lead Operator/Technician can be seen on the South Shore Opportunities website. The successful candidate will be involved in the establishment of this project in the early stages, and will be trained at the technology provider's facility in Europe.
The CelluFuel plant in Brooklyn will be a first of its kind in Canada, and is targeted to produce 1.25 million liters per year of high-quality diesel fuel. The project brings an innovative opportunity for the development of the forestry industry and rural economic development in Nova Scotia in a clean, renewable and sustainable manner.
Mersey Point Fish Products Reopens Following Shut Down
January 8, 2015, Liverpool, NS: Mersey Point Fish Products of Port Mouton is back in operation after a five month shut down necessary because of the unavailability of suitable fish this past summer. For nearly 34 years, Mersey Point Fish Products has been making smoked, salted and marinated seafood that has brought the flavours of Nova Scotia to the world, and has a new product planned for 2015.
"We are so pleased they're back in business. They're a great company that makes very good products, and provide much needed jobs in West Queens," said Christopher Clarke, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. "To operate a globally known business that has been successful for over 30 years, speaks volumes about the quality of their seafood, and the service they provide their customers."
"We use the freshest product, buying all our fish from well-managed, registered companies. Our Solomon Gundy is made from locally caught herring," said Robert Mutsaers, owner/director of Mersey Point Fish Products. "In July of last year, we were unable to obtain suitable fish for our production, causing a shut down. We started production again in December, and are pleased to be back operating at full capacity." Herring, mackerel and haddock are caught in the North Atlantic; the salmon used is raised in the Bay of Fundy and the other fish used are sourced from registered suppliers from all over the world; Mutsaers advises that the origin of Mersey Point Fish Products' fish can be traced from the moment it was caught to the time it reaches the plant. Mersey Point Fish Products is a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACP)-approved processing operation.
Mutsaers' parents, Cornelis and Anne, immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands with their three sons in 1981. Soon after arriving in Mersey Point adjacent to Liverpool, they opened a home-based cottage industry, using their traditional Dutch recipes for preparing fish, and named the company Mersey Point Fish Products. It has been 34 years and the company is now under the direction of their son Robert and his wife Pamela, who have expanded the operations to its current base, a modern 6,000 square foot processing plant located in Port Mouton, with a team of 14 employees preparing such well known treats and favorites such as Solomon Gundy; smoked salmon, herring, trout and haddock; and Matjes Herring.
"In the New Year, we are really hoping to have at least one new product launched, not only in the States, but locally as well," said Mutsaers. He hinted that it would be based on Solomon Gundy, their flagship product in Canada.
Mersey Point Fish Products is a family owned company, producing products that are 100% natural and are prepared without using preservatives or additives. The brand is well known across Canada, as it is carried by the Sobeys and Atlantic Superstore chains, as well as the Metro Stores in Ontario, and throughout the United States; their products are also available in independent stores and restaurants throughout Nova Scotia, and other locations in the Maritimes. Mersey Point Fish Products ship their fish worldwide, to Europe, Asia, and North America. There is a factory outlet on site with products available to purchase, or call ahead to place an order. The plant and factory outlet are located at 36 Breakwater Road, Port Mouton, phone 902-683-2150.