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Old bauxite lands to be transformed into Industrial Park

Agriculture Minister Floyd Green has announced that an Industrial Park is to be developed in South East St Ann on lands formerly owned by bauxite company Reynolds.

Green made the announcement while speaking at the cabinet press briefing on Wednesday where he noted that in phase one of the $455 million USD project, approximately 100 direct jobs would be created.

“ I want to commend the Jamaica Bauxite Mining Limited (JBML) who have put forward the development of the 101 industrial park. This industrial park will be developed in South East St Ann on lands that were formerly owned by Reynolds,” said Green.

“It used to be a Reynolds Industrial Park, clearly with Reynolds not operating for decades it has fallen into ruin. We are going to revitalize that and as such have put together a $445 million USD project which we expect to commence this year, which would run for 9 to 12 months,” added Green

According to Green, the industrial park would not just refurbish the area but would attempt to attract investments in warehousing.

“We will be looking to position that area as a pathway to economic prosperity. We do see an employment factor of about 100 jobs directly -and this is just phase one,” added Green

Green further shared that an MOU would soon be signed between JBML and the Agro Invest Corporation to identify the first agro park for the St Ann region.

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