Dave Ohmer retires after 44 years managing Petersburg processor


September 7, 2023

Gene Kawashima and Dave Ohmer stand side by side in the office of Trident's Petersburg plant.

After serving 44 years as plant manager, Dave Ohmer retired last Friday.

Dave's grandfather, Earl Ohmer, co-founded Alaskan Glacier Seafood Co. in 1916. When Earl died in 1955 Dave's father, Dave P. Ohmer, continued the business, and in 1979 when his father passed away, the responsibility fell to Dave.

Though it turned out to be his destiny, it hadn't been his plan.

"I wanted to be a teacher," said Dave, when he sat down with the Pilot the day after his retirement. "My dad always wanted me to run the seafood plant, but ... I was going to be a teacher and a coach."

He got his degree from the Un...

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