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After a long and delicate period of negotiation, Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development announced an agreement has been signed with leather sofa manufacturer Natuzzi to re-open the plant located in Ginosa (Taranto) in southeast Italy.
To be officially opened on November 30 and operational as from January 2017, the plant will focus on the processing and transforming of pu coated materials for Natuzzi’s sofas and armchairs, and possibly for other manufacturers. Around 215 people who have suffered from long-term unemployment are to be hired by Natuzzi before the end of 2016, as per the agreement signed with the Ministry on November 15.
“This is proof that the company has always been committed to addressing the problems arising from global competition in a constructive spirit, with responsibility and realism. The Group has always been faithful to its social mission, while preserving as much as possible employment in the territory”, said Antonio Cavallera, Human Resources Manager, Natuzzi.
Back in July 2013, Natuzzi had announced the closure of the Ginosa plant, which employed over 1,500 workers, and the opening of a plant in Brazil.
Source: Corriere di Taranto