More promises for Goodyear in St Thomas

June 06, 2017
Goodyear factory in St Thomas.

Yet another announcement has been made about converting the old Goodyear tyre factory in St Thomas into a place where people can gain employment.

The factory employed more than 200 people until its abrupt closure in 1997. 

Adding to a growing list of announcements, the Factories Corporation of Jamaica said the area is to be converted into an urban centre for the town of Morant Bay.

If the plans come to fruition, the 20-acre property will house government offices as well as a museum and a recreational park.

Earlier plans to convert the old space into a technology park as part of the production train never got off the ground.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE OTHER EMPTY PROMISES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE

 

2005: A CALL CENTRE

The old Goodyear tyre factory in St Thomas is to be converted into a call centre operation, through funding from the charity group, Upliftment Jamaica.

“They intend to establish a call centre facility and over time, hundreds of residents of the parish will be employed here after being trained,” said Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell.

2014: A FILM LOT

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, has announced plans to construct a film lot in Jamaica. He informed that negotiations are far advanced for the lease of the 20-acre former Goodyear Factory and complex, near Morant Bay in St. Thomas, as the site for the film lot.

“A Hollywood studio has agreed to provide oversight on the project,” the Minister said, adding that the group, Real Vibez, is also in discussion with a leading music and film production school in the United States of America, to build a campus at the lot.

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