High Liner Foods
High Liner Foods announced in April 2013 it would invest $6.6 million in new machinery and systems and add 57 new jobs at its Oakland Industrial Park location, making Newport News the hub of its North American operations. High Liner, the leading processor and marketer of frozen seafood in North America, acquired Icelandic Seafood in 2011. The City had worked successfully for many years with Icelandic, facilitating its growth in Oakland. Staff worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development to assist the company in its decision to expand its investment and operations in Newport News rather than in one of its other facilities. This announcement also solidifies and retains the existing 400 jobs at the plant.