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Governor David Ige’s Statement on the closing of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.

Posted on Jan 6, 2016 in Latest Department News, Newsroom

It is with sadness that I received the news that Alexander & Baldwin will transition out of sugar farming after 145 years. This is a significant historic marker for Hawai‘i, the end of an era that touched the lives of generations of hardworking, local families.

However, A & B will now pursue diversified agriculture – a golden opportunity for the state to focus on renewable energy and food security.

My administration will work with A & B to help guide the transition. Rapid Response teams from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) will be deployed to assist displaced workers with unemployment compensation, career transition, training for new jobs and job placement. DLIR will also work with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

A & B has played a significant role in the state’s economy and has supported our local communities for many years. The state will continue to partner with A & B to ensure its success.

— Governor David Ige


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