Jennifer Vardy Little - The News
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.