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Hliník nad Hronom mill gets 600 jobs

AN INDUSTRIAL park in Hliník nad Hronom (Banská Bystrica Region), which opened in October 2006, will offer some 600 new jobs, Hliník nad Hronom Mayor Dušan Antal told the TASR newswire on July 2.

MWS Casting and Tatranwood will be the first companies to launch production at the park this autumn.

"The two foreign firms are finishing the construction of their production halls at the moment," said Antal. "Other potential investors in the park include the Slovak producer of parquet floors Parket Plus and Pramac Iberica from Spain."

MWS Casting from Austria, a processor of light metals, especially aluminium, intends to create 60 jobs during its first phase, which ends in 2009. The plant's later phase should create another 60 jobs. The plant will supply the automotive industry, as the parent company supplies several known auto manufacturers such as Audi, Daimler, Porsche, BMW and Opel.

Tatranwood, a daughter company of the German company Heilborn, was created in 2002. It intends to create 30 jobs during the factory's first phase and another 25 following the construction of a second hall.

According to Antal, only two percent of the property rights to the industrial park's 24 hectares remain unsettled. However, buying the privately-owned land is not proving to be a problem.

Construction on heart clinic starts in Košice

CONSTRUCTION on a new building for the Institute for the Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases in Košice started on July 2. The project's costs are estimated at Sk1 billion (€29.85 million).

The local cardiovascular institute is currently using rented premises at the Louis Pasteur Faculty Hospital in Košice. The new 170-bed hospital should start providing treatment to patients from eastern Slovakia and part of central Slovakia in 2009.

Health Minister Ivan Valentovič told journalists that the construction of the new healthcare facility will not affect the announced removal of a number of Slovakia's hospital beds or departments in existing facilities, as the new hospital will provide top-quality health care.

Peugeot hires workers from Romania

AROUND 100 workers from Romania are currently working at PSA Peugeot Citroen's factory near Trnava. As PSA spokesperson Peter Švec explained, the company decided to hire foreign workers due to a shortage of local workers. The economic model for hiring foreign workers is currently being evaluated.

Švec said that summer months lead to major swings in the availability of workforce, since people from the region usually go abroad to take summer jobs elsewhere. Moreover, the arrival of new investors in the region increases the possible risk of worker shortages, which is why PSA wants to preserve the pace of production by hiring foreign workers. At present, around 100 Romanians are working on the assembly lines and in the welding and paint shops.

PSA is monitoring their behaviour, cultural habits and language skills. However, the company wants to hire foreign workers from Central and Eastern Europe only if there is a real shortage in the local workforce, said Švec.

The construction of the Trnava-based factory, with investment of €700 million, started in 2003. The company will invest around €100 million into the plant to prepare for the production of a new Peugeot model that will be produced exclusively in Slovakia.

Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports

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