Ipswich Shellfish celebrates its 75th anniversary
I had the opportunity to attend the anniversary gathering for the Ipswich Shellfish Co Inc. at this year’s International Boston Seafood Show and thought I could share some of my observations from this event.
I grew up in Ipswich, working at the plant throughout high school and college. This summer job afforded me the opportunity to learn many skills that I still use today. Most of all, it taught me the value of hard work and what it means to value your customers. Alexis Pappas, now the companies second generation owner, was a gracious host and kicked off the event in style with a welcoming. Of course, the food did not disappoint, with what I think were the best littlenecks on the half shell I have ever had.
The event was filled with the companies friends, customers and vendors. Those that I spoke with all had an appreciation for what had been built and maintained over the past 75 years. One of the attendees, Eric Pauquette from Ryder Transportation, was a newer vendor enjoying the loyalty and patronage from the Shellfish. Eric and I discussed seafood transportation and the challenges of maintaining a fleet in the Northeast. He had compelling arguments for turning the fleet service and maintenance over to experts such as Ryder.
Guests were from all areas of our diverse business and from all over the country.
Best of luck to Ipswich Shellfish and to another 75 years of success.
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