Munyaradzi Musiiwa Midlands Correspondent
Concrete materials manufacturer Fort Concrete’s revival is set to create more than 160 employment opportunities.
Fort Concrete is a subsidiary of the regional concrete material manufacturer Aveng Infraset, which will soon be operating at full capacity after Diaspora Infrastructural Development Group (DIDG) made a $3 million investment to boost railway sleeper production, which is part of the group’s five-year rail infrastructure resuscitation plan.
Aveng Infraset director of international operations Mr Kobus Burger said the company, which has 28 employees, is looking forward to employing 160 people once it starts operating on full throttle.
“What happened is that in 2008, we left the company in the custody of our employees,” Mr Burger said.
“But, when DIDG approached us, we decided to come back and revive it.
“At the moment there are 28 employees, but we want to recruit 160 people once we fully implement what we want to do here. We can even employ more if there is demand for our products.”
DIDG executive chairman Mr Donovan Chimhandamba said the company was also setting its eyes on roads infrastructural development, which the country recently embarked on, and infrastructural development in general.
He said the company produces concrete material for big structures such as bridges, tall buildings, dams, roads and many others.
The company produces concrete water pipes and culverts for bridges.
Mr Chimhandamba said the company is set to benefit from the infrastructural development drive being undertaken by the country.
“The next phase we will be looking at other production lines, which are the material for roads and bridges where there are a lot opportunities in that area,” he said.