Maritime Steel owner, workers gets boost of support from Chamber

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NEW GLASGOW – The operator and workers at Maritime Steel are receiving some much needed support from the local business chamber. 

The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce is writing Premier Darrell Dexter in support of foundry  and its request for financial assistance.

Last week, the Department of Economic and Rural Development turned down Maritime Steel’s owner Abbas Jafarnia’s request for a $1.1-million loan to keep production going.

“We believe the foundry operations complement the other steel and metal fabrication businesses in the county and would create skilled job opportunities to retain employees and attract newcomers to our community,” the chamber said in the letter.

The letter acknowledges the concern of Maritime Steel’s location and sites that the first step to addressing it is to getting the business running again.

The letter was signed by chamber president Bruce Herron.

Organizations: Maritime Steel, Pictou County Chamber of Commerce, Department of Economic and Rural Development

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW

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  • Claudio
    February 22, 2012 - 17:01

    Yeahh!!! I am very happy.... a few well payed full time Canadian jobs , WOW our polititian replaced this kind of jobs long ago with :Wall Mart, MC Donald's, Starbucks or Home Depot jobs ...and send all the good jobs to China i hope you guys still have some honest politians to go to. Good luck Abbas and New Glasgow

  • Tax Payer
    February 20, 2012 - 09:49

    The more I read about this the more baffled I am as to why Maritime Steel cannot get a government loan. Mr Paris stating that this loan was too high a risk and the Dexter government doesn't want to risk tax payer money just doesn't sit well with me. The government wasn't concerned about the amount of tax payer money that was being doled out to Daewoo or Bowater Mersey. According to the article I read in the Herald Michigan Steel confirmed their 5 year contract with Maritime Steel. Mr. Jafarnia is asking for a millon dollars that he will pay back. Sounds like there is some kind of hidden government agenda going on here. What is the REAL reason why our government is not supporting a local business that will get these men back to work and will pump more tax dollars into our economy. As a tax payer I'm telling the Dexter government it's OK to use my tax dollars as a loan to Maritime Steel.

  • The Shadow
    February 17, 2012 - 08:07

    Gee maybe if the Maritime Steel and Foundry operation was supported with a line of credit this skilled and highly motivated Abbas Jafarnia could help with the Westside Community Centre? The John Brother MacDonald Stadium would probably not have existed if it was not for the kind donation of all the steel super structure for the Town's largest publically owned building . That kind donation was thanks to the Cameron Family and the Workers at Maritime Steel. What precisely would Town Hall want with the land? Plant a field of flowers to try to win another bowling trophy?

  • johnny smoke
    February 16, 2012 - 18:50

    Great work Mr. Herron I am also hopeful that in your letter you also suggested the removal of the minister Mr. Percy Paris for his lack of concern in this regard. To degrade the viability of the operation in public one day and then to back track when asked about the benefits to flow from the ship building contact the next shows that he is not capable or understanding of anything outside of the Metro area. Yes we need much in assistance to make this operation a financial success, what we do not need are of the cuff derogatory comments by those whose job it is to study and assist. There are no shortages of those who would like to tear it down. I am glad to see that the Pictou County Chamber off Commerce does not agree with them.

  • John Guthro
    February 16, 2012 - 16:56

    Lets hope the town officials stay out of this for a while. Maybe if they can find a huge flower pot things will be good.