Liberians have for several years, especially since hostilities subsided in the country at the end of the civil-war, craved for the establishment of factories that would help to address unemployment, and now DuraPlast Liberia Incorporated, has officially opened a multimillion dollar factory in the country.
This state of the art factory is the first large scale manufacturing facility in the country and it will be producing various types of plastic products including, buckets, plastic crates, coolers, water pouch, kettle, baby set, laundry buckets, tables and chairs.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf officially cut the ribbon to declare the factory open last Saturday at its Jamaica Road plant. Prominent among senior government officials present at the occasion were Speaker Alex Tyler, Rep. Saah Joseph, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly and GSA Director Madam Mary T. Broh.
In her remarks during the opening ceremony, President Sirleaf said the government is committed to setting up the environment, formulating strategies and making the law to attract investors that would help in building the Liberian economy.
She urged the commercial people, the industrial people and individual citizens to take advantage of the environment created by her government to play their part in building the economy.
The Liberian leader called on consumers to promote Liberian owned businesses and not turn their back on Liberian goods on the market, adding, “Do not leave Liberian products and start buying other imported products.”
President Sirleaf said she was pleased to see Liberians involved in doing their own businesses and called on the management of DuraPlast Liberia Incorporated to focus on training Liberians to serve as managers in the future.
“All those who want to see Liberianization must do their part and not just sit to see things happening. We can create the condition for Liberians to do business by providing opportunities for businesses to grow especially Liberian businesses,” she declared.
According to her, investors, the business people and the government ministries must continue to work and remain committed to playing their role within the atmosphere created by the government.
On behalf of the company management, Jay S. Khanija provided a historical overview and said the construction of the factory started more than three years ago.
He said the factory currently produces 250 different plastic products and has 600 employees.
Khanija noted: “We are committed to ensure that there are cordial working relationship at the factory."
In an official statement by the Rubber Dishes Dealers Association of Liberia (RUDDAL), Mr. George W. Kumakeh explained that over the years there has been statements attributed to Liberia that Liberians do not know business of which the trend is changing, since many Liberians are now educated and are in colleges studying business entrepreneurship.
"Today we have seen our dream come to pass. It is a great thing that God has done for this country and we believe that he will do more for this nation,” he said.
According to Mr. Kumakeh during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus the management of DuraPlast did not add a dime to the cost of its products, and used the occasion to commend the management.