New General Manager for Samoa Tuna Processors(STP)


BELLEVUE, WASH. - Feb. 3, 2016 - Herman Gebauer has announced that he will retire from STP effective this April. His contributions over the years have made a significant difference at STP, including the instrumental work he did in helping the company during the construction and start-up of the new state-of-the-art processing plant. He will remain on the team as an operational consultant until his retirement in April. 

Effective immediately, Fa’afoi Palepua will replace Herman as STP's new General Manager.  Fa’afoi has over 30 years of canned and pouch tuna experience.  He will be responsible for both the day to day operations and administrative functions of the facility, reporting directly to Tuna Store and STP CEO, Don Binotto.  

“We appreciate the many contributions Herman has made at STP and wish him the very best. At the same time, we are excited about Fa’afoi’s new role as he helps us continue to take STP operations to the next level,” Binotto said.



On January 24, 2015, Tri Marine celebrated the inauguration of Samoa Tuna Processors in American Samoa after a four-year, $70 million renovation that has made it one of the most efficient, state-of-the-art tuna processing facilities in the industry. Expected to commence production in May 2015, the plant will be processing shelf-stable and frozen tuna products, which will be distributed exclusively by The Tuna Store, mainly in the United States.

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