By Abel Muhatia @abelmuhatia
Giant manufacturer of chewing gum is setting up a Sh 5 billion ultra modern manufacturing factory set to create jobs for youth in Kenya’s’ Machakos county.
This is as a result of increasing population in Africa alongside high demand of the company’s products across the world.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony, Machakos governor Alfred mutual said that the decision by the multinational company to set shop in the county is proof of the huge potential and undeterred determination by investors to invest Kenya.
The company’s East Africa General Manager Daniel Omosa said that in completion of the company in 2017, 300 Kenyans will directly be employed for a start with more than 180 others engaged in distribution of its products.
Omosa stated that the Wrigley’s management is focused on developing the factory to a state-of-the-art technological standard to effectively compete with other major companies across Africa once operations begun.
He argued that the company would contribute to Kenya’s economic stability therefore lauded leaderships of both the national and Machakos County governments for the timely approval of the project’s implementation without any hitches.
Nevertheless Omosa noted bureaucracy in government and delays in approval of such ventures as a major challenge to those who wish to invest in the country.
He confirmed the company’s commitment to work with all stakeholders and the community.