The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, laid on Wednesday the first stone of what will be a factory of the multinational footwear and sportswear Nike, located in San Pedro Sula, north of the country, with an investment of 1,000 million lempiras ( about 40.5 million dollars).
The opening of the Nike factory in Honduras is a sign of confidence in the work between the Honduran government and the maquila sector, Hernández said at the event, which also sanctioned a reform to the Free Zones Law passed last week. by the Honduran Parliament.
“We made an agreement with the maquila to extend the benefits through the reforms to the Law of Free Zones,” he said.
The ruler said that the reform of the Law of Free Zones seeks to “generate 15,000 jobs” with the assembly industry in the country.
The Kattán Group, located in San Pedro Sula, and the Tegra Global Corporation, based in Atlanta (Georgia), will develop the project, called Arena “, in an industrial building of 63,000 square meters and with an investment that exceeds 1,000 million lempiras (about 40.5 million dollars), according to the Honduran Presidency.
Hernández said that San Pedro Sula, the second most important city in Honduras and that in the recent past has been described as one of the most violent in the world, is an example of “strength and vision.”
“Forbidden to forget the level of insecurity that we live between 2008 and 2011, being considered the most violent country in the world and San Pedro Sula the most violent city. Now we are not and we have made progress in security, ”he emphasized.
He also said that what the development of the maquiladora sector is the product of “a joint effort that will be reflected in 15,000 new jobs for this industry in the country.”
“Thank you, Kattán family, Kattán Group and Tegra Global Corporation for making this possible and putting Honduras on the map of attraction for investments,” said the head of state.
The president of the Association of Maquiladores of Honduras, Mario Canahuati, said that the new Nike factory in the country will be the “largest” in Latin America.
“This allows us to have cover letters to attract more investment to the country,” said Canahuati, former Foreign Minister of Honduras.
The Nike factory will begin operating at the end of January 2021 in a modern, innovative, sustainable and environmentally friendly plant, according to official information.
The plant will house more than 7,000 people in its production processes and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.