First and foremost, we are four separate companies united under a common purpose to keep Grays Harbor fishing. Each company is a family company of fishermen. Three generations of families working together. Many of us started out as deckhands and worked our way up. That work ethic, independent spirit and “git-er’done” attitude still informs our business, our culture and our way of life. And while we’ve grown up over the years and brought on board some folks who have cut their teeth out on the “corporate sea,” we still share that belief that a handshake still means something and that an honest day’s work is worth more than a hatful of promises.
That may sound old fashioned to some folks, but to us it’s the only way we know how to do business. And it’s worked out pretty well so far.
What began as a crab shack on the docks, has turned into one of the largest processors on the coast and during our peak season we are the second largest employer in Grays Harbor County.
And with the addition of new companies that share our passion, we do a lot more than crab these days.
Ocean Gold is the largest shorebased processor of Pacific whiting on the West Coast, and we take special pride in our emerging tuna and sardine markets.
Ocean Protein allows for full-utilization of our resources, using every part of the fish instead of discarding the waste or trucking it out of the country.
Ocean Cold allows us to remove some of the seasonality out of our business and provide more steady employment opportunities for our community.
Ocean Express, our emerging trucking division, further aligns the vertical integration of our operation so that we can control our quality from start to finish.
At the end of the day, it’s still pretty simple for us.
Work hard and always look for new opportunities. You may not get it perfect the first time, and you might get your coveralls a little dirty in the process, but if it makes sense for improving our products, providing more jobs, giving back to our community and protecting our environment, it’s worth a little sweat.