Resurrected seafood plant to create 70 jobs

By Hayley Brown

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Lighthouse Caledonia is on track to reopen its refurbished, Marybank processing plant in Stornoway, which was mothballed in 2008.

The facility will initially create around 70 full-time jobs and have the capacity to produce high quality, pre-rigor pin bone out fillets. The firm says it plans to be running the site at full capacity within the next couple of months.

However, the opening of the refurbished Marybank site may only be temporary, said a spokeswoman, as the firm has received planning permission to build a new £5m plant at Arnish Point.This will include the building of a new gutting and filleting facility in a 7,000m2​ site, which will be able to process up to 15,000t of fish per year.

The spokeswoman said that Lighthouse Caledonia does not plan to operate both sites, so it may relocate to Arnish Point within the next few years.

Last month the firm announced a rise in turnover to £24m during the first quarter of 2010, compared with £6.2m for 2009, as harvested volumes more than tripled to 6,468t against the previous year. Profits were £6.6m against a £13,500 loss in quarter one of 2009. Mike Corbett, chief executive officer of Lighthouse Caledonia, said its results followed "improved levels of production and strong market conditions".

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