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German shoe manufacturer lacks Slovak staff

German footwear company Gabor, which has expanded its manufacturing capacity in Slovakia by 15 percent this year, expects to end 2007 with sales of Sk2.3 billion (€69.12 million), nearly Sk200 million more than last year, it was reported on December 4.

Company representative Juraj Vodička revealed that Gabor's Slovak subsidiary employs around 1,800 workers at its factories in Bánovce nad Bebravou and Liptovský Mikuláš but is still short of staff. Thus, it cooperates closely with secondary vocational schools in order to train new experts.

The largest single employer in Bánovce, Gabor employs 1,298 people at its plant in the town, keeping the local unemployment rate below 5 percent. Without the company, the rate would be over 11 percent. In Liptovský Mikuláš, meanwhile, Gabor has 488 people on its payroll.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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