Amfac Sugar Kauai is going to discontinue agricultural operations later this year, according to Gary Grottke, President of Amfac/JMB Hawaii, the owner of the sugar plantation. Grottke
said sugar has a long history on Kauai; Amfac's plantations have been in business for over 100 years."We regret having to take this action," he
said "but with losses mounting and no end in sight, we really had no choice."
said the exact date of the final harvest has not yet been determined, adding while we have made final determination to close down, we have not yet addressed all of the issues associated with that decision.There are many parties that we need to sit down with and work out the details, including our land lessors, Kauai Electric, the ILWU and others."We decided that it was better to let everyone know that a shut down was eminent, and then meet with the interested parties to get their input into the process."
Amfac Sugar employees approximately 400 people on Kauai
, including 386 bargaining unit employees.Employees terminations are expected to begin as early as November 17th.A severance agreement between the plantations and the ILWU will provide relief for most of the workers.
said "It is Amfac's
intention that these operations continue.We expect to work with officials from the Department of Agriculture
to transition these operations to other local farmers."
The closing of sugar on Kauai
is not expected to impact Amfac's
other business in the islands. Grottke
said "even though many people have expected this for years, the announcement of a shut down is never an easy thing.We would like to acknowledge and thank our employees and everyone in the community who has supported the plantations over the years." (September 15, 2000)
AMFAC SELLING 17-THOUSAND ACRES ON KAUAI AMFAC/JMB Hawaii
is selling 17 thousand acres of agricultural and conservation land on Kauai
...Amfac President Gary Grottke says the company needs cash and is refocusing on its developments on Maui, where it owns about 12,000 acres. He
says the company likely would agree with the new owner to lease back some land. Amfac
is Kauai's second largest private landowner. (A.P. September 15, 2000)
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