Industrial parks in Ida-Viru County: Some 560 jobs attracted, aim to get to 4,400 by 2019

Ida-Viru County is still suffering from high unemployment, factory closures, and its relatively remote location in Estonia. The state is hoping to breathe new life into the area with development programs. Image: Narva's Hermann Castle. (ERR)
11/17/2016 3:20 PM
Category: Business

The plan for an industrial park to be built in Ida-Viru County expects space to be created for more than 4,000 workers. The developers are hoping to attract some 1,000 already next year.

Though construction work started only recently, the foundation developing the park has been working on the project for more than seven years. In summer this year SA Ida-Virumaa Tööstusalade Arendus finally got €2.5m from Enterprise Estonia to build the park, which in total is going to cost some €3m, ERR’s radio news reported on Thursday.

Teet Kuusmik, member of the foundation’s management, said that the industrial park would create space mostly for workers of the chemical industry.

“Here we’re planning to build the complete infrastructure for 80 hectars, water, sewage, communications, gas, streets, and street lights. For bigger companies that have greater energy needs, or for the chemical industry, our target group, we are also building steam pipes,” Kuusmik said.

At another site in Jõhvi that opened a little less than a year ago, nothing is happening. The industrial park built next to the Tallinn-Narva road hasn’t seen a single building completed. According to Kuusmik, this will change soon.

“In Jõhvi we’ve signed five real estate sales contracts so far. The businesses have a three to four-year deadline within which they have to start realizing their investments, and I think the first buildings will open in Jõhvi soon,” Kuusmik said.

SA Ida-Virumaa Tööstusalade Arendus, a foundation that took up work in 2009, is aiming to create more than 4,000 jobs in Narva, Jõhvi, and Kiviõli by 2019. The foundation’s management is optimistic.

The companies that were active in their industrial parks had created more than 300 jobs already, Kuusmik pointed out. As a result of the foundation’s work, other companies had come to Ida-Viru County as well, and created an additional 260 jobs.

“At the moment we have a few interested companies that are planning to start construction next year, and two of them are planning for about a thousand jobs. In that sense, our aim is still to get to 4,400 jobs, and we’re headed in that direction and we want to meet that aim,” Kuusmik said.

The impending government change didn’t worry him , Kuusmik said. The project to develop the industrial area of Ida-Virumaa was not political.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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