Wrigley’s opens Ksh 7b manufacturing plant in Athi River

Written By: KBC Reporter

The CS added that Kenya remains committed to catalyze even more private-sector-led growth in the manufacturing sector through the Big 4 Agenda. The newly launched facility will grow Kenyas exports as it will serve 14 countries in Africa.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery has launched seven billion shillings manufacturing plant in Athi River eyeing to create more jobs to the youth in the region as the National Government move in earnest to lower cost of industrial power cost.

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The manufacturers of chewing gum opened the new plant after relocating from Nairobi Industrial area.

The new plant sitting on 20 acres piece of land is expected to have a major impact on the Kenyan economy in term of job creation as well as exports to more 14 countries in Africa.

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With new facility the company is eyeing to increase production and employ more than 1,000 youths in different departments.

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The company general Manager Duncan Mcculloh said Kenya is African business adding that with the rapidly expanding middle glass and youthful population their products are becoming more integrated into people’s lifestyle.

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Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua urged the government to deal with corruption discouraging investors to come to Kenya.

Mutua said kickbacks demand by individuals in the country has been scaring investors.

Trade and industry CS Peter Munyua said the Government will be lowering industrial electricity cost in the next one month to boost private investors.

Munya said the government is waiting for National assembly node to ensure private investors in the country compete in International market. He said the current power cost has been killing local industries.

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The trade CS in order the Government to attain the big four Agenda must address surging power cost and embrace Government private sector partnership.

Vast lands and proximity from capital city is currently pushing most companies eyeing expansion to Mavoko.


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