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Brewery Commissions Le180 billion Storage Tanks


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In a bid to boost productivity, the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) on Monday September 18 2017, officially commissioned seven new fermentation storage tanks.

The estimated cost of the seven fermentation storage tanks are said to be Le180 million.

Speaking at the occasion, the Corporate Affairs Manager of SLBL, Albert Ojo Collier informed that the tanks have been in use since July, noting that the new investments would last for a minimum of 30 years.

Daaf Van Tilburg, the Managing Director of the Brewery disclosed that the commissioning of the seven new state-of-the-art fermentation storage tanks is part of the company’s expansion programme to double its production capacity in order to meet the increasing demand for their products.

“We now have the capacity, and we have full confidence that we can meet current and future demands for our high quality products,” the Managing Director said.

Daaf Van Tilburg disclosed that some products like Maltina has been produced from the new fermentation tanks since they started using them in July, and the products are already in the market.

“We have strong belief that our investment will significantly contribute to the growth and development of Sierra Leone,” he said, adding that their ultimate goal is not only to develop capacity, but to create more long term jobs in the country and increase their contribution to national revenue.

He furthered that over 90 percent of their employees are Sierra Leoneans, and that they are investing in their development.

Van Tilburg expressed gratitude to the government for supporting local manufacturing through the enactmentof the Local Content Policy which has allowed local manufacturing companies to thrive.
For his part, the Chief of Staff at State House, Mr. Saidu Conton Sesay called for the protection of the Brewery, noting that Liberia protected theirs throughout their civil war.

He said SLBL is an institution worth preserving because of the important role it plays in the economy of the country by providing decent employment to citizens that in turn pay taxes to government. He added that the company also pays its taxes.

SaiduConton assured of government’s continued support to the company for it to continue to grow, noting that the fermentation storage tanks show that the Brewery is actually making progress.

The Chief of Staff went on to state that the new fermentation tanks are a huge investment, and challenged the company to continue to grow to meet the demands of the market. He affirmed that government would continue to open up such investment opportunities.

The President of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress, Mr. Jennings Wright urged the company not to rest on its oars by producing non-alcoholic drinks.

The Member of Parliament, Hon. Keifala Conteh reiterated that the Brewery now has the capacity to meet the growing demands of customers and hoped it would continue to grow.

In his keynote address, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Ibrahim Mansaray commended the company for investing in the tanks.

The Deputy Minister also highlighted that the investments are a direct outcome of the Finance Act, and that the company now uses 100 percent sorghum to produce Star Beer.

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