Accepting the award: Andrew Bornstein, co-owner
Bornstein Seafoods has its roots in the Great Depression and the economic downturn of an entire country. It was founded in 1934 in Bellingham, Wash. By 1980, the company had expanded to Astoria and Warrenton, and then to Newport and Brookings. Their Groundfish Processing Plant in Astoria was the first plant constructed in over 20 years. They emphasize quality, productivity, professionalism and teamwork.
Bornstein Seafoods was located at the foot of 7th Street in Astoria for many years. In 2006 they moved their operation to a new facility on Pier 2 at the Port of Astoria. The plant was constructed with the future in mind. Their facility is diverse and is capable of handling all forms of groundfish, salmon, sardines, albacore tuna, whiting, sturgeon, Dungeness crab, and now they have expanded their operations to include cold-water shrimp.
They have 180 full-time employees with a $7 million payroll including $208,000 in summer temporary labor. Bornstein Seafoods buys fish directly from the boats spending $24 million in fabricators, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, general contractors, etc.
The facility at the Port of Astoria pays $1.3 million to the port, supporting continued operation of another vital business in this river community. Regional spending is in the tens of millions of dollars for associated business needs such as box companies, trucking companies, cold storage, etc. Overall, Bornstein Seafood has a direct local payroll of over $15 million with a local impact of up to $105 million using a multiplier of seven.
Besides being a major employer in Astoria and the North Coast region, Bornstein Seafood is an active member of the community and a good neighbor. With concerns about the environment, and as members of the Marine Stewardship Council, they are committed to and promote sustainable fishing and harvest methods that are equitable among all users guaranteeing future generations of fishing in the Pacific Northwest.
With their roots in economic depression, Bornstein continues to be a major driver in maintaining a healthy economy not only for themselves, but also for the hundreds of other businesses and fishing industry employees with whom they interact.