--As Sethi dedicates new factory
Industrial and manufacturing complexes are beginning to spring up in Liberia with more made in Liberian goods appearing on the shelves of Super Markets and shops.
The desire for more made in Liberia goods was given a boost on Saturday when Sethi Brothers and Dura Plast dedicated a multi-million industrial plastic manufacturing complex on Jamaica Road at a site that used to be a deep swamp land on Bushrod Island.
The ceremony took off days after a Liberian owed business Aminata and Sons signs a deal worth millions of United States Dollars to supply the Aeros Gold Mines with petroleum products
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf launched the plastic manufacturing complex over the weekend and subsequently cut ribbons before touring work sites and warehouses there.
The complex with little more than 250 employees and 300 contractors is operating a variety of machinery that cost a total of about US$2 million dollars ordered into Liberia for manufacturing household plastic, industrial plastic and steel rod, among others.
Launching the complex, President Sirleaf expressed confidence that Liberians can do business, be entrepreneurs and managers for their own businesses with the environment created by government.
She urged consumers to support Liberian –owned businesses, as they would be defeating the potential of trying to built the Liberian businesses if buyers go for something else.
She however told Mr. Sethi and his collaborators that they have done well, but it was not yet enough as she wants to see Liberians graduate from just selling plastic bags to managing their own businesses.
Earlier presenting the “Sethi Brothers-Dura Plast Liberia Factory” to President Sirleaf on Saturday, February 7, 2015, Mr. Jay S. Khanija said Dura Plast started expanding three years back into manufacturing household plastic, industrial plastic, shopping bags and plastics and lot of utensils.
He told President Sirleaf that the complex now has the capacity of producing a variety of about 250 different plastic products with while total power usage will be about eight mega watts.
Mr. Khanija also disclosed that presently plastic manufacturing complex has the capacity of producing hundred metric tons of raw materials from the plastic waste, adding that they are working towards increasing the capacity to six hundred metric tons per month of plastic waste.
He said in 2014, Mr. Khanija said the factory started operation of recycling plan due to the demand of plastic … for the raw material, considering the amount of plastic waste that could be used.
He sees the recycling plan as a boost to cleaning of the environment here, providing jobs and self-employment to many Liberians.
According to him, Liberians are being trained in technical skills which include operating machine and doing electrician work, as part of Sethi Brothers-Dura Plast Liberianization plan. He concluded by pledging that they will remain committed to fair business practice.
Some customers including Mrs. Vivian Ghati said Dura Plast said she was grateful to President Sirleaf for the business environment created, while thanking Dura Plast for easing Liberians worries for having raw materials on the market with affordable prices in addition to creating a credit line for honest business persons.
For his part Mr. George Kumekeh applauded Dura Plast for not closing down during the heat of the Ebola crisis here and maintaining normal prices for its products that were highly demanded for combating the virus.
He finally boasted that Liberians have now graduated from the level “not doing business” and have now “enrolled” at the “college of entrepreneurship,” running businesses capital for themselves as Liberians.
By Winston W. Parley