for eight hours. That's all three generations of the Quinlan family are in danger for the entire production season, with hundreds of jobs and 62 years of work. On April 11, 2016, the Quinlan Brothers flagship store was in Nfld. A fire broke out in the Verde state, and the smoke spread from the east side of the building to the west side across the town, causing the mayor to declare that it must be evacuated and evacuated.
According to the CBC News report, the flames were very strong, the smoke was very dense, and it caught fire on satellite images. Eighty different fire departments came from 90 kilometers away to help put out the fire. Although no one was killed, the factory had nothing left.
Now, a fire will never bring convenience, but when President Robin spoke, Quinlan told it that the timing couldn't be better. "This is the beginning of the snow crab season, this is our factory for processing snow crabs." "The crab-laden ship in the ocean is ready to go. And we have no facilities." Snow crabs account for about the business of the Quinlan Brothers. 80%. He recalled that no one spoke out loud, but no one in the industry thought they would come back that season or soon.
This is not the first time the Queensland brothers have encountered adversity, however. The company was founded by the brothers Patrick and Maurice Quinlan in 1954 and has grown at a cautious pace. The brothers have never overused their leverage, instead focusing on building respect with independent fishermen who provide them with products. Over time, Quinlan Brothers has grown from a local fresh cod factory to a global industry player and exported its products to 20 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Scandinavia. Sales promotion is simple: "Our fishermen walked into the sea and released mosquito nets, that's all," said Robin, grandson of Morris. "Our fish are caught wild, and Canadian seafood is loved all over the world."
Growing with pain. In 1992, the Canadian government suspended cod fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador in hopes that overfished, depleted species would be rebuilt. The boat was still docked and thousands of people found themselves out of work. Robin's father, Vice President Wayne Quinlan, recalled: "It was a dark time." "You don't know if you will survive. The bank called the next day."
This forced Kun The Brothers Lan turned (Quinlan Brothers). The company has established two new processing plants and started looking for Greenland halibut (or halibut), shrimp and sardines, herring and mackerel and other ocean fish, which can be exported to Asia or sold to zoos for animal feed.
Patrick Quinlan played an important role In developing the business, Robin joined the student then, when he was a business student at St. John's Memorial University. After Robin graduated, Pat taught him how to run a seasonal business like a refined Swiss watch, both precise and around the clock. "I remember one time I was going to a friend's wedding, and Pat called to say that the factory was in trouble," Robin recalled. "I can't say," Sorry, I'm going to a wedding. "In fact, the only wedding I can guarantee is my own."
In the close community of Cape Verde With a population of less than 400, the Quinlan Brothers know the value of relationships. Fishermen are seen as trusted friends and often ask companies for small loans to buy mosquito nets and other equipment rather than through banks. Wayne said, "If I meet a companion on the road, he says he needs a new outboard engine, so there is no need to hold a meeting." "I just shook his hand and said, 'Get it.' # 39; "
This is a counterintuitive way of doing business, but in Newfoundland, the gentleman's agreement is binding. Robin said, "Pat often tells me that when you leave this world, the only thing you will remember is the meaning of a handshake."
Afternoon of the fire, support information from Quinlan Brothers employees, competitors and global customers . Competitors use plants during night shifts. Over the past few months, Quinlan Brothers employees have spent most of their time at the company, and their working hours have increased by an hour or more. No pounds of crabs were wasted, and no one was unpaid. "Thanks to the play Come From Away the whole world now knows the mentality of the community that makes Newfoundland unique. It's all true that Robin said.
At the same time, they have to decide what to do next Do. Pat, 88, gives Robin a choice: use insurance money to rebuild or leave vacant land parcels and keep the business running while the other two factories are still operating. Robin did not choose not to rebuild: "I never thought about leaving people at home or ending Pat's legacy," he said.
Instead, they would build the world's largest and most modern snow crab factory. Robin He and his team traveled from Iceland to China to find new technologies. They drafted plans and worked with contractors and subcontractors willing to work day and night. The first shovel was put on the ground on August 1, 2016, and seven months later , The new 600 x 80 foot factory is ready, this is an unheard of feat, and under normal circumstances it will take at least a year.
"I don't want us to experience anything but We will create a better company, "Robin said." Colleagues became friends. That plant is full of new friendship, pride and respect.
On the anniversary of the fire (year to day), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency came to the new factory and set up Quinlan. The brother's license was hung on the wall again. Pat cheered there for reopening, but died later that year, was revered for his impact on the community, and remembered for his handshake.
Looking ahead, Robin plans to expand supply. Quinlan Brothers' new cod and Greenland halibut factory and established a strategic partnership to maintain raw materials. "In other words, invest in your facility, and then look for fish to fill them!" Like Pat would do.