Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#236907 - 05/02/07 09:56 PM Williamson Factory closing?
Marty Offline
from a friend...

Has anyone heard anything solidly official about the soon/future closing of the Williamson Factory on the Northern Highway?

Much discussion yesterday and this morning about it and the repercussions on the Belize district economy - especially since many of the workers there are heads of households, including single mothers.

The closing of the Nova Shrimp Farm/Factory really put a hurt on us from last year, from which we (Belize District) are still staggering...


one response...

Nothing solidly official but its generally accepted in
media circles that "the sewing factory" has taken the
decision to scale back production significantly.

Rural Belize District and parts of Orange Walk was hit
severely when late Jim Hyde passed and NOVA closed its
doors. Jim was holding things together and with his passing
came the closure of the operations.

Now Williamson Industries (Belize)has been complaining we
hear of high overhead costs and some say taxes. We don't
know how true this is. I thought they had some tax exempt
status but have not been able to independently confirm.

Its been largly dismissed in local media but a hell of a story as more unemployment = more crime.

Belize would have lost over a thousand jobs in the past
year, if Williamson goes the way of Nova Shrimp Farms.

Top
#236914 - 05/02/07 10:51 PM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: Marty]
dabunk Offline
I have a friend who is a manager there and he told me they have heard nothing.

Top
#236937 - 05/03/07 04:15 AM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: dabunk]
Marty Offline
thats good to hear.

i have a friend who was in Belize in March and said the talk was that Williamson was already in the process of laying off some of the workers. He was told that the operation was moving to Guatemala. People living in the Ladyville area were quite concerned since they had already lost Nova shrimp a few months earlier.

i like your friends report much better.

Top
#236958 - 05/03/07 01:55 PM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
Nothing new, the owner is retiring and I hear the operation will move to a country with lower production costs. Our loss if that happens.
_________________________
Belize based travel specialist
www.belize-trips.com
info@belize-trips.com

Top
#263292 - 01/17/08 03:41 PM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: Katie Valk]
JRinSC Offline
Just curious... did the Williamson Factory actually close? Can't tell for sure from this thread as of 5/07.

TIA

_________________________


Top
#263296 - 01/17/08 03:56 PM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: JRinSC]
SimonB Offline
Yes, it was in the news a week or so ago that they had laid off the last of the employees.

Top
#263326 - 01/17/08 05:37 PM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: SimonB]
Katie Valk Offline
Was in the Belize district, not Corozal.
_________________________
Belize based travel specialist
www.belize-trips.com
info@belize-trips.com

Top
#263439 - 01/18/08 04:13 PM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: Katie Valk]
JRinSC Offline
Sad when it happens...

Our local paper today had a big headline that a big bakery plan in town was closing and Spartanburg is losing 525 jobs by this March. Life goes on.. frown
_________________________


Top
#263441 - 01/18/08 04:14 PM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: JRinSC]
JRinSC Offline
Oops... make that "plant" not "plan"

_________________________


Top
#263446 - 01/18/08 04:30 PM Re: Williamson Factory closing? [Re: JRinSC]
dabunk Offline
Plant is totally closed now.

Top

Links
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!


Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker
Chronicles

PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lilí Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
December
S M T W T F S
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Who's Online
2 registered (QuestGirl, 1 invisible), 43 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,675 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,060 Topics
462,315 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 07:16 PM




AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.