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Chavez: Venezuela Will Have Some of the Largest Industrial Hubs in the Americas


As President Chávez inaugurated a new state owned window factory yesterday and announced the creation of other new factories, he outlined the government’s plan to create five industrial hubs in different regions of Venezuela.

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line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>The newly inaugurated Guacara III window factory is part of the state owned Petrocasa company, which makes easy to assemble and very affordable houses out of the PVC plastic derived from Venezuela’s oil production. Those with land can purchase a three bedroom house for around 10% of the current average prices of houses in Venezuela, and it takes a community around eight days to assemble the house.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>Asdrubal Chavez, vice-president of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), said the new factory would produce 860,000 windows per year for the government’s housing mission. The new factory is located in Guacara, Carabobo state.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>The PDVSA vice-president said the window factory is currently working just one shift, but will start hiring more workers, to then be able to operate on three shifts per day, “responding to the large demand the company already has”.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>President Chavez also informed that cooking oil and margarine company Industrias Diana, nationalised in 2008, would broaden its product range to include soft cheeses and baby food. A factory for soya plant extraction will be inaugurated in Portuguesa state, together with a factory of personal hygiene products in Carabobo state. Such factories will help Venezuela turn around its high import levels.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>Prior to its nationalisation in 2008, Industrias Diana was producing 27,500 tonnes of soap and food products, and 1,800 of its 2,271 employees were contract workers. Now all of its workers are full-time workers, and its production has increased to 89,976 tonnes of soap and food, according to food minister Carlos Osorio.

line-height:150%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#333333″>“What we’ve done up until now is not much compared to what we will do. We have to fill Venezuela with factories like this one, because we have enough primary material; gas, salt,” President Chavez said. 

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