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Nagsun Apparel Expands To Ba, Shortage Of Workers In Nadi

A Nadi based garment factory is expand­ing its business with the setting up of a second factory in Ba as there is scarcity of garment workers in the jet set
28 Nov 2018 11:56
Nagsun Apparel Expands To Ba, Shortage Of Workers In Nadi
Nagsun Apparels workers in Nadi. Photo: Charles Chambers

A Nadi based garment factory is expand­ing its business with the setting up of a second factory in Ba as there is scarcity of garment workers in the jet set town.

Nagsun Apparel while expressing a bit of disappoint­ment at the lack of garment industry workers in Nadi, were at the same time happy that close to 100 workers would be given jobs in Ba.

The company plans to open another fac­tory in Ba by early January, 2019.

It would be an ex­pansion investment of $200,000.

Company general manager, Jitendra Solanki said it was a pity that they could not find workers in Nadi as the expansion has come about through increased export orders.

Nagsun Apparel’s current factory is based at Navakai, Nadi where close to 270 people are em­ployed.

The company was set up in 1983 by Harish Sundarjee and Indrawadan Shivlal who both then migrated to Auckland in 1995.

Apparel operations

Both Mr Sundarjee and Mr Shivlal travel to Fiji frequently to check on the company opera­tions.

The factory presently turns out between 2000 – 3000 pieces of clothing daily but this was not enough to meet the demand.

The company supplies clothing exclusively to Nagindas in Fiji which includes bula wear, shirts and other different lines of clothing.

“This year (2018) has been a very good year for us as we have been getting a lot of orders, espe­cially from our export markets in New Zealand and Australia,” Mr Solanki said.

“Our production has gone up and because of this increase and what looks like an even better 2019, we decided to expand and set up a second factory.”

About the Ba expansion

A space has been found above Bhika Bhai in Ba Town and interviews were carried out last week and over the next two Saturdays for new staff. “There has been a tremendous response to our advertisement for recruitment and this is a good sign.

“Initially we will start with about 100 workers and then expand that as more orders come in.

“We will start paying from the minimum wage rate up to $3.50 an hour and workers can earn up to $200 a week depending on experience.”

Mr Solanki said their expansion into Ba would also provides a boost for the economy in Ba.

“Ba has a lot of industry and the sugar mill so this factory will contribute more to the growth of Ba. We needed this expansion and we are definitely looking at expanding further in the future.”

Mr Solanki said the company was also willing to provide training to unskilled workers as it continues its recruitment drive.

He added they have already ordered all the ma­chines needed to run the Ba factory.

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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