Support for Local Brands: President Jonathan to Inaugurate Manufacturing Plant Friday
As part of his administration’s resolve to promote and support local brands, President Goodluck Jonathan will on Friday 6th of November inaugurate the multi-million naira ultra-modern integrated air conditioner and water dispenser manufacturing plant in Enugu. The plant, which currently has the capacity of over 200 workers, is expected to grow into an Industrial City capable of employing 1,000 workers. The plant is a hundred per cent Nigerian-owned and the first in South-east and South-south geo-political zones of the country.
The Managing Director, White Horse General Appliances Limited, Chika Joseph Okechukwu, who spoke with journalists yesterday, said the president would use the opportunity of the visit to lay the foundation stone for two other industries – a PVC manufacturing plant and LCD/LED assembly plant, all located within the premises of the company.
On the plan and capability of the company to meet with required standard, Okechukwu said “The entire master plan is going to be an industrial city where all the products we have on our catalogue and other ones that are not there are manufactured and assembled at the same time. For example, we have refrigerators which we are going to build the plant here, we have a bottling company for water and beverages, we have one of the best water here, which is the same water the Heneken plant and 7Up are using, Nigerian Bottling company are using. It will be a small city.
“We are producing water dispenser. We are also producing air conditioners of different sizes and model and in our split family we have models with three different colours. In our package we have ones with two different colours. All our products are covered with three years warranty, though it is subject to power surge usage because our energy system here is not reliable so we use power surge to protect the units. We are running production on air conditioners and water dispenser,” he concluded.