Whittier feels effects of Great Pacific Seafoods closure

    The Prince William Sound community of Whittier would normally be bustling with seasonal workers, but with Great Pacific Seafoods shutting all its processing plants the town is feeling the loss.

    WHITTIER, Alaska (AP) — The Prince William Sound community of Whittier would normally be bustling with seasonal workers, but with Great Pacific Seafoods shutting all its processing plants the town is feeling the loss.

    The Alaska Public Radio Network reports that in the tiny port town, which has a permanent population of 200, the more than 100 seasonal workers who came to the processing plant were vital to the economy.

    Seattle-based Great Pacific filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and closed a number of plants late last month.

    Whittier had been a major outpost for the seafood company since the late 1980s. Whittier business owners say the workers would use hotel rooms, and spent money on goods and services.

    Whittier mayor Daniel Blair says he's worried the shutdown will drive people away from the town.

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