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Gov't joins LASCO in river training

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 7:04 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica - The government is collaborating with LASCO Distributors Limited in a $150 million project to retrain the Rio Cobre in St Catherine.

The three-month project, with Government contributing $70 million, seeks to change the course of the river, which runs behind the company’s White Marl facility. 

“One of the problems that the company was having is that... each time the Rio Cobre is in spate lands belonging to the company would be lost,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan.

LASCO, known for the distribution of foods and pharmaceuticals, is doing expansion at the property.

Azan, who was speaking to JIS News during a tour of the area yesterday (March 20),  said that over five acres of the property was lost the last time the river was in spate and so “we are changing the river course far away from the expansion that they are doing.”

The State Minister informed that additional equipment will be provided to ensure that the work is completed before the start of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season, which starts in June.

He lauded LASCO for continuing to invest in Jamaica adding that the expansion work being undertaken by the company is expected to increase the staff complement at the manufacturing and distributing arms.  

“With the completion of the project, the company will be able to employ almost 1,000 new workers in the factory and that is the reason why we took the decision... to join with them to do part of this project,” Azan said, adding that the Government is willing to partner with other entities on similar ventures.

The company expects to complete construction of two new buildings at its White Marl facility, and install new machinery and equipment, this year.

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