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Cardboard manufacturer JPI to reopen after massive fire

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) says regular operations are to resume tomorrow at the Jamaica Packaging Industrial Limited (JPI) complex on Marcus Garvey Drive following a blaze at a section of the facility yesterday.

The fire started about 3:00 pm at a section of the property, which was used to store rolls of cardboard. The facility previously housed a petrol station.

JMEA in a statement today commended the drive and bravery of the firefighters, who aided in containing the blaze. It said more than 50 fire fighters were summoned from various stations. The association also saluted the employees of the company and those of nearby businesses who it said boldly united to assist in very trying and dangerous conditions.

"Their organisation, responsiveness and hard work truly exemplify the resilience of the industrial sector. Their combined efforts led to the fire being confined to the storage area, leaving the factory untouched and allowing regular business operations to resume tomorrow," said the association.

JPI, which manufactures cardboard, has been in operation for over 65 years, and is recognised as one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions.

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