Bankrupt Kauai shrimp farm assets finds local buyer

by 5m Editor
13 June 2005, at 1:00a.m.

HAWAII - The chief executive of one of the state&#39;s largest charitable foundations is bidding for the assets of a bankrupt shrimp farm on Kauai. But a Louisiana-based fish-food maker who supplied feed to the farm has objected to the deal. Kelvin Taketa, chief executive of the Hawaii Community Foundation, has surfaced as a buyer for the assets of Ceatech USA Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection in March after years of lackluster financial performance. But Burris Mill & Feed Inc. of Franklinton, La., claims that Taketa&#39;s $389,000 bid is too low and questions whether Ceatech did enough to market its assets before striking a deal with Taketa&#39;s firm, Sunrise Capital LLC. Ceatech&#39;s proposed sale and Burris Mill&#39;s objection set the stage for a showdown later this month before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Lloyd King. Since it filed for bankruptcy protection, Ceatech has continued to employ a skeleton staff to operate its shrimp hatchery in the state-owned Kekaha Agriculture Park. But the company is expecting to run out of cash by the end of the month. <i>Source:</i>

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