More Jobs at Nicaraguan Free Zones

Three new companies will open in the country and four will expand operations; this will add an estimate 10.000 jobs.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Alvaro Baltodano, from the National Free Zone Commission, explained that new companies Scmith Irmaos, Draxelmaier and Hansol will employ 4.000 people.

Additionally, "Istmo Textil, Gildan, Sae-Tecnotex and NCT are expanding operations, and will hire 6.100 new workers", reported

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