Processor of the Month: Glen Bryant of Bryant Products

Name: Glen Bryant

Name of Business: Bryant Products

Business Address: 13725 Tram Avenue, Bayou La Batre, AL 36509

Business Phone Number: 251-824-4351

Processes: Fish

Where were you born and raised?

Bayou La Batre, AL.

How did you come to work in Alabama’s seafood industry?

It’s always been a family business. I’m third generation in this business. My granddaddy started the company, my dad took it over and now I’m running it. I was born and raised in this industry.

What other jobs, if any, have you held within Alabama’s seafood industry?

I’ve only had one job outside of the seafood industry. I worked at Ingalls Shipyard for several years. Outside of our family business, I was a shrimper for 13 years, but I’ve mostly just worked with the family.

What types of seafood do you process/handle?

We process only fish. We primarily do fresh-pack fish, about 70%. But, we also freeze fish.

What does your typical workday involve?

I usually get up at 5:00 a.m. I come and open up shop and set up around 6:00 a.m. I check and see what the boats brought in during the night. I look and see what amounts of fish they have. You never really know. It could be 10,000 to 20,000 pounds or it could be nothing. We regulate labor and sales according to what we’re buying. First thing in the morning, we look to see what we have and what we need to do with it.

What makes your company/organization stand out within Alabama’s seafood industry?

We are the largest fish processor in the business in the state of Alabama. We are able to pack fresh and freeze fish too. Not a lot of places are able to freeze fish.

What are your professional goals?

Hopefully my family members will hang around and learn the business and we’ll be able to continue passing it down in the generations.

What is the most unusual thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?

I survived a fire once while on the job. We were working in a freezer and the insulation caught on fire and nearly caught the whole building on fire. It could have been a lot worse but it was scary. Thankfully we were able to move the work that was done in that area to other parts of the building so we were able to continue working while we rebuilt.

If you didn’t work in the Alabama seafood industry, what line of work would you pursue?

No idea. I was born and raised in the industry and I’ve always known seafood and been in the business. Our family has done fish, shrimp, crab and oysters too during the history of the family, but now we just do fish. I’ve only ever had one job outside of the seafood industry and I have no idea what I’d be doing if this wasn’t what I did for a living.

What’s your favorite seafood dish to serve up for yourself and your family?

Definitely fried grouper.

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