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Travis Armstrong sees nothing but positives in the expansion of Northern Harvest Smolt in Stephenville, the hatchery where he works.

Armstrong, a senior lead technologist at the hatchery, moved to Stephenville in April 2015 after working in the industry with Northern Harvest Sea Farms in St. George, N.B., the same community that Larry Ingalls, president, is from.

He took up the offer to come to work at the brand new, state-of-the-art facility and has no regrets so far as he likes it here from both a work perspective and enjoying the great outdoors.

“I don’t feel like leaving any time soon and this expansion shows the company is growing and it still lots of room for expansion here in Stephenville,” Armstrong said.

Premier Dwight Ball and Steve Crocker, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods, visited the hatchery — owned by Northern Harvest Sea Farms based out of New Brunswick, to be part of $6-million announcement of expansion to the facility.

While there was no direct infusion of cash towards this expansion, Northern Harvest Sea Farms receives support from the province through its Aquaculture Capital Equity Investment Program.

Armstrong said the industry is on the up rise and there is no forecast for it to slow down in the near future. He feels the expansion gives extra security for everybody working at the facility and it will mean more of the product going out the door, more jobs during the construction phase and more full time jobs in the hatchery itself once it’s completed.

He said in addition to all that, the expansion will mean the facility will get even more noticed in the community that it supports in a big way.

Armstrong, a senior lead technologist at the hatchery, moved to Stephenville in April 2015 after working in the industry with Northern Harvest Sea Farms in St. George, N.B., the same community that Larry Ingalls, president, is from.

He took up the offer to come to work at the brand new, state-of-the-art facility and has no regrets so far as he likes it here from both a work perspective and enjoying the great outdoors.

“I don’t feel like leaving any time soon and this expansion shows the company is growing and it still lots of room for expansion here in Stephenville,” Armstrong said.

Premier Dwight Ball and Steve Crocker, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods, visited the hatchery — owned by Northern Harvest Sea Farms based out of New Brunswick, to be part of $6-million announcement of expansion to the facility.

While there was no direct infusion of cash towards this expansion, Northern Harvest Sea Farms receives support from the province through its Aquaculture Capital Equity Investment Program.

Armstrong said the industry is on the up rise and there is no forecast for it to slow down in the near future. He feels the expansion gives extra security for everybody working at the facility and it will mean more of the product going out the door, more jobs during the construction phase and more full time jobs in the hatchery itself once it’s completed.

He said in addition to all that, the expansion will mean the facility will get even more noticed in the community that it supports in a big way.

 Northern Harvest Sea Farm Facts

- Northern Harvest Smolt Hatchery in Stephenville expansion will start in spring of 2017.

- Hatchery currently employs 26 workers and will have 10 more jobs post expansion.

- Hatchery will boost product from 16,000 to 22,000 tons.

- Northern Harvest to spend upward of $15 million in projects in province in 2017.

- Stephenville chosen because of crystal clear water suitable to the operation.

- Northern Harvest invested over $70 million in province in past seven years.

- Vision is to see Northern Harvest Smolt Hatchery in Stephenville double its size.

Source: Larry Ingalls, president of Northern Harvest Sea Farms

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