Gruevski: Johnson Controls expected to open at least 2,500 direct and indirect jobs in Strumica

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The Johnson Controls plant is an excellent investment for which many attempts were made to convince the investor to come in Strumica, because the city was in a need of a larger foreign company that could absorb a bulk of the unemployed workforce,  VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski told reporters in Strumica.

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“The VMRO-DPMNE-led government is not satisfied with only one major investment in Strumica. More efforts will be made to convince other foreign companies to come here, invest and open new jobs in Strumica and its surrounding,” Gruevski stated while visiting the city in eastern Macedonia.

More than 5,300 jobs have been created in Strumica in the past ten years by the government coalition led by VMRO-DPMNE.

Last week, the company started testing its production in its brownfield plant.

“300 people are already working in the plant. Johnson Controls by the end of the year plans to hire another 150 people. The company is expected to employ a total of 1,500 people,” Gruevski stated.

In May, he added, Johnson Controls will start building its greenfield plant in the Strumica industrial zone, which is being constructed by the government led by VMRO-DPMNE. The plant will be completed next year.

Johnson Controls and the remaining foreign companies oftentimes open jobs in local companies after becoming their partners, suppliers and service providers, according to Gruevski.

“I expect the number of new jobs created by the new investment in Strumica to be higher than what has been initially planned, from 1,500 to probably 2,000. It could raise up to 2,500 taking into account all the indirect employments in local companies,” said the VMRO-DPMNE leader.