“For the beginning, one production line will be transferred to Brad and other transfers will follow in the coming weeks,” reads a company release. Sumitomo’s facility in Deva employs over 2,600 people, which represent half of the company’s total personnel in Romania.
“It’s a miracle that in full economic crisis, in an area with a deep job deficit, a company the size of the Japanese heavyweight decided to open an ancillary facility manned by 200 people.
We hope this facility is expanded, the more so as the personnel of the SEWS plant in Deva already noticed the seriousness and skill of the workers in Brad,’ said mayor of the Brad municipality Florin Cazacu.
Cazacu thanked the investors for their initiative and assured them of the support of the local administration, within the legal competence. He mentioned that the new Sumitomo facility will have a positive influence on the local budget, but also a “favorable psychological impact’ on the locals.
According to official data, at the end of January, the unemployment rate in the Hunedoara County was 11.03 pct. There were over 2,400 officially registered jobless in the Brad area out of a more than 22,000 unemployed across the Hunedoara County.