The acquisition of Lotna, a company owned by Sigurdur Adalsteinsson and Kristján Kristjánsson, of the assets of the fish processing company Eyraroddi in Flateyri in the West Fjords, which was recently declared bankrupt, was finalized on Sunday.
Fishing in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Gudmundur Björgvinsson, chairman of the resident association of Önundarfjördur, was satisfied with the news. “Now people just have to prove their worth. I hope they won’t just make a stopover but rather a future commitment,” he told Morgunbladid.
There hasn’t been any fish processing in Flateyri since Christmas. “People have been waiting with baited breath. No one has packed their belongings and left, people have been hoping that these problems would be solved with the dawn of a new day,” he added.
“I don’t know much about these men, what they stand for or who is behind them but we’re trying to be optimistic,” Gudmundsson concluded.
Kristjánsson said it is likely that 20-30 people will be hired for fish processing, although the number of employees depends on the supply of material to process.
When Eyraroddi went bankrupt, 42 workers lost their jobs in Flateyri, a town inhabited by approximately 250 people.
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