Long Pond Distillery resumes full production | New
The Long Pond Distillery in Clark’s Town, Trelawny is now fully operational, providing employment and manufacturing rum for local and export markets.
The distillery, operated by National Rums of Jamaica (NRJ), suffered extensive fire damage in 2018 and was rebuilt to resume full production.
During the reconstruction, emphasis was placed on achieving more environmentally friendly operations, and the scope of work included the construction of a 13,000 square foot steel frame building, the installation of and oak gutters and high-density material walkways. pine forest.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his address at the official reopening ceremony on Friday, hailed the rebuilding of the facility as a symbol of investor confidence in the country.
He noted that the Jamaican economy remains stable and the country is a prime destination for investment.
“It is very important for the average Jamaican to understand that regardless of the macroeconomic issues – some of them geopolitical, some of them climate change related, some of them economic shocks beyond our control – Jamaica remains a investment destination. It is still a choice for investors, and our economy is still doing well,” he noted.
Holness praised NRJ and other stakeholders who helped with the rebuilding effort, noting that they have shown resilience.
“Today, the Long Pond distillery is more efficient and modern. The distillery creates more jobs, the distillery invests in the community. So, I’m here, not just to open the distillery…but I’m also here to celebrate the investment. I’m here to say ‘thank you’ on behalf of those who are rehired and rehired,” he said.
“I am here to celebrate with the community the return of full production, the return of the industry in full force so that the people around can benefit,” added Holness.
He noted that the Long Pond Distillery is an important part of the island’s rich heritage and must be protected.
For his part, NRJ President Komal Samaroo said the distillery is known worldwide for the unique blends of Jamaican rum it produces.
“Therefore, when part of this facility was destroyed by fire a few years ago, we immediately made the decision to rebuild it, despite the many challenges we had to overcome,” he noted. .
The Long Pond Distillery has a rich history in rum production dating back to the 17th century.
The establishment is one of the oldest on the island and employs some 22 people.
The reopening ceremony was held under the theme “Committed to the past, committed to the future”.
– JIS News