A factory under construction in the Tano North District in the newly created Ahafo Region intended to produce bricks for housing and related projects is near completion.
The factory which is under the Government’s flagship project, One-District-One-Factory (1D1F), is about 85% complete, with the remaining 15% expected to be completed in two weeks’ time.
The National Coordinator of the 1D1F project, Mrs. Gifty Ohene-Konadu, toured the project site to have first-hand information about the level of progress of the brick factory.
Owners of the brick factory, Rhovanni Royal Limited, told her they are on track to commence operations in the second quarter of the year.
“The only thing left is the roofing works which have been awarded to Metallex. All the machines and equipment needed to operate have also been procured and will soon take delivery of them”, CEO of Rhovanni Royal Limited, Carl Christian Lokko, said.
Tanoso is notably known for its abundant clay, a raw material that the company is banking its hopes on to produce bricks for the housing and construction industry.
The company has so far acquired 37.79 acres of land which it will depend on for the supply of the raw material to feed the factory. It is also in the process of acquiring a further 80 acres of land to augment what it has already acquired.
Mr. Lokko believes that the acquisition of land will sustain the company to be in business for more than thirty (30) years.
“Clay which is the raw material we are going to depend on is in abundance in Tanoso. The 37.79 acres of land we have acquired can keep us in operation for more than thirty years and we’re still in the process of acquiring a further 80 acres of land,” he stated.
Mr. Lokko explained he and his team are prepared to run and sustain the brick business.
The factory, he added, will produce 125 tons of bricks a day when operating at full capacity.
However, Mr. Lokko said the company will first operate only one line when it commences production and gradually roll out the remaining three in some few months’ time.
The company is expected to generate direct and indirect employment to 1,800 people.
Mrs. Ohene-Konadu commenting on the project said government wants to take its time to ensure that all factories under the 1D1F program have good foundations before they are commissioned.