The plant, which makes products like breaded salmon and halibut portions, had too many workers once a large order to retail giant Sam's Club was filled, so some people were let go, said ASI chief executive Russell Schreck.
The layoffs occurred three weeks to a month ago, he
added that he
couldn't say how many workers had been laid off and how many had already been hired back.
"To have my people spend a few hours putting all that together -- who's gone, who's come back, how many net (layoffs) -- if your newspaper is willing to pay for that, I'll have my accounting people do it," Schreck
said."You guys must be hard up for news.This was something that happened weeks ago and was a nonevent." Schreck
was quoted this week in a story in the Alaska Journal of Commerce
as saying the company "got rid of some deadwood." ASI
occupies a $50 million, 202,000-square-foot building near the Anchorage airport.It was erected with state funds with an eye toward creating 400-plus manufacturing jobs.
The state, via the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, is a 20 percent owner of the company and ASI
's landlord.The agency bought into the company after ASI
nearly collapsed amid financing troubles after its start-up in late 1999.
, who specializes in turning around struggling companies, was brought in by Sunrise Capital Partners
, a New York investment firm that spent $5 million about a year ago for a 51 percent stake in the stalled seafood company. ASI
is marketing products under the brand name Great Alaskan Seafood Co.
Last November, ASI
executives said the company employed 140 people.Schreck
said Monday he
would provide the number currently working at the plant, but he
didn't supply the figure by the end of the day.
disputed Poe's assessment, saying the company is actually running even with or ahead of its budget. He
added that ASI
has a lot of new orders coming in and that it expects to rehire all the workers who were let go.