Everett lies some 30 miles north of Seattle and being on the north side of that urban hub allows the company more convenient access to both the Seattle market and Canadian seafood businesses just across the international border, claims Tom White, global manager for certification and audits for NSF International’s seafood services.
The move to Everett also marks a new collaboration with the Washington State University/University of Idaho Center for Advanced Food Technology. Company officials said NSF International’s seafood experts would work closely with the educational program and collaborate on workshops and training.
The larger facility will allow the company to expand its seafood industry education and training space to support as many as 60 people in a class.
“The company plans to launch a new education program called ‘Fish School’ to help grocers, restaurants and seafood distributors provide a higher level of expertise and knowledge to their seafood buyers, fishmongers or seafood inspectors,” White said. “Eventually, there will be a similar program for consumers who want to become smarter seafood shoppers.”
Terrie Battuello, chief of business development at the Port of Everett, said the port is excited to welcome NSF International’s seafood services headquarters.
The company, founded in 1944 as the National Sanitation Foundation, changed its name to NSF International in 1990 as its services expanded beyond sanitation and into global markets.
In addition to its new Port of Everett location, the company provides seafood services from officers and laboratories in Dutch Harbor, Alaska; Elizabeth, N.J.; Santiago, Chile; San Miguel, Peru; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Shanghai, China; Busan, South Korea; Delhi, India; Bangkok, Thailand, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.