The equipment from Adak’s fish processing plant was auctioned off in one piece Tuesday morning. The City of Adak and the Adak Community Development Corporation jointly submitted the winning bid of $1.8 million.
Rhode Island-based Independence Bank was selling the equipment in the wake of Icicle Seafoods’ departure from Adak earlier this year. They offered it up wholesale first, and the Adak partnership outbid two other potential buyers — one unidentified, and Anchorage-based Rotating Services, LLC.
The $1.8 million bid bought all of the equipment inside the plant – from the cod processing lines to the forklifts. It didn’t, however, come with a lease on the facility, which is owned by Aleut Enterprise. President Rudy Tsukada says while there’s no agreement in place right now, he’s “look[ing] forward to working with the city of Adak to solidify fisheries [sic] role in the economy of Adak.”
The city says it’s not planning to operate the plant, but will be looking for someone who can. Neither the city nor ACDC would comment further on the arrangement until the details are sorted out.