New tenants take over Yazaki Samoa facilities

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa flanked by S.S.A.B.’s owner Fiti Leung Wai, the brainchild behind Sleepwell Interantional, (far left) and General Manager Teleiai James Potoi inspect the mattresses that Sleepwell will manufacture.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa flanked by S.S.A.B.’s owner Fiti Leung Wai, the brainchild behind Sleepwell Interantional, (far left) and General Manager Teleiai James Potoi inspect the mattresses that Sleepwell will manufacture.

The fate of the two new businesses now housing the facilities used by Yazaki Samoa in Vaitele is in the hands of the employees. 

That’s according to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi who officially cut the ribbon for the mattress manufacturer, Sleepwell International to start operations from its new home.

A joint venture between the Samoa Stationary and Books company, (S.S.A.B.) and Sleepwell from Otara, Auckland; the company specializes in manufacturing mattresses for local and export markets targeting neighboring Pacific Island countries.

Similarly Fero Samoa is also targeting markets in Australia and New Zealand for its wiring products.

Most former employees of Yazaki Samoa are back on the payroll for the new employers Sleepwell International and Fero Samoa.
Most former employees of Yazaki Samoa are back on the payroll for the new employers Sleepwell International and Fero Samoa.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa has applauded Sleepwell and Fero Samoa, noting that since Yazaki Samoa indicated her plans to close down its Vaitele operations, government has been searching for new investors to utilise the facilities.

“Since the announcement of the closure the government spared no effort to attract foreign companies and investors to come to Samoa to utilize this facility in order to reconstitute the lost jobs and the all-important export opportunities,” said the Prime Minister. 

“Cabinet identifies this task as an urgent priority in the national interest and appointed a special committee made up of the Chief Executive Officers of the Ministry of Finance the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour and the Samoa Provident Fund to spearhead these efforts.

Combined both companies is offering 120 jobs initially and will increase their workforce to about 1,000 five years from now.

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