Nicaragua: Reopening of ex Cone Denim Plant Confirmed

With an investment of $35 million and under the name Pride Denim Mills the textile the plant will restart operations in early 2014.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The textile company, which was acquired by Grupo Karim’s de Honduras announced the creation of "600 jobs to produce about 28 million yards of denim a year, which is the production capacity of the plant," noted an article in

The purchase of the plant was completed using a loan of $20 million from Banco de la Producción (Banpro) granted to Corporación de Zonas Francas (CZF) to bail out the company. The funds allowed the previous owners "to be able to leave so that the Corporation could say 'here it is totally free from company obligations, you can buy it,'" said Banpro manager, Luis Rivas.

At the moment they are in the process of hiring management positions, starting in November, with other staff to start operations next year. In addition, over the next three years Grupo Karim's plans to add sewing processes and jean washing and with this became the first center to make finished products.

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