By: Mathias Amoah with files from GNA
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Joy Industries, Dr Manfred Tachie has announced plans of the management to expand the operation of the industries.
‘Due to the demand of the products of the company locally, the factory had embarked upon expansion of its structures to be able to acquire more machines to expand its production,’ said Dr Tachie.
According to him the expansion of the company is to enable the company export some of their herbal products outside the country. ‘Though the company had not started exporting its products, some people had been sending products of the company to their relations abroad and that had made the company to win some awards outside the country,’ he added.
Dr Tachie briefed the media after the Eastern Regional Minister Mr Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere paid a working visit to Joy industries factory at Akwadum, a farming community in the New Juaben Municipality.
As part of the project expansion the company had acquired over 1,000 acres of land for the establishment of a private zoo and a first class hotel. Also include a well class school come next year.
‘This project expansion is expected to increase the employment base of Joy Industries to not less than 1,000 Ghanaians.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Antwi-Boasiako took the opportunity to assured entrepreneurs who establish their companies in the rural areas to create employment opportunities in those areas of the government support.
He explained that, such enterprises contributed in opening up the rural areas for further developments and also helped to raise the living standard of the people.
The Regional Minister appealed to the workers of the factory to see themselves as shareholders of the factory and give off their best to ensure that, the dream of the owners of the factory to expand and employ more people could be realized.
He reminded them that in whatever they do, they should keep in mind that as long as the factory keeps producing, they would always be assured of employment till their retirement.
As part of its social responsibility the company last year sponsored the rehabilitation of some part of the Eastern Regional Police Headquarters and also supported the completion of some projects at the Eastern Regional Headquarters of the Ghana National Fire Service.
The company has been providing sponsorship lot of festivals in the country and is currently sponsoring a group of medical personnel to provide health care for people in remote communities.
The factory started as a herbal center producing some herbal creams and soap with 40 employees in 2005. Currently the company has added alcoholic beverages which include Joy Dadi Bitters, radio station and others and providing employment for over 300 people living in the farming communities between Koforidua and Suhum in the Eastern Region.