Santander – creating investment and employment waves in Belize
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017. 8:44 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Guatemalan based company, the Santander Group, is creating investment and employment waves in Central Belize. Santander boasts that it currently employs over 650 Belizeans and that 75% of its workforce are Belizeans. As the company enters its second year of harvesting, it is seeking to employ another 100 plus Belizeans. The Group announced earlier this week that it is seeking applicants for various posts including lab technicians, lab operators, mechanics, boiler operators, harvester operators, tractor operators, truck operators amongst others.
To facilitate this recruitment, the company is having a job fair this Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio. Interested persons are encouraged to come out to the Welcome Center on Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and bring along a resume, copy of social security card, current police record and diplomas/ certificates. A similar fair will be held in Orange Walk on January 20, 2017.
Since 2007, the group of privately held Belizean companies namely: Santander Sugar, Santander Farms and SS Energy have invested $BZ 360 Million dollars in Belize with the goal to double Belize’s sugar exports and provide renewable energy to the local electricity grid.
The company has completed construction of its new sugar mill, operated as ‘Santander Sugar’, which processes the sugar cane cultivated by ‘Sandander Farms’.
In February 2016, Santander commenced its first sugar cane harvest in Belize, produced its first sugar at its sugar mill in Cayo and on July 29th, 2016 the company exported its first shipment of sugar to Europe.
On December 13th, 2016, ‘Santander Sugar Energy Ltd.’, another fully owned subsidiary of the Santander Group, signed a Power Purchase Agreement with Belize Electricity Ltd to provide 16 megawatts of electricity from the burning of bagasse at its co-generation plant near Valley of Peace village in Cayo.
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