admin1 – October 6, 2006 – 2:09pm
Johnson Controls

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and the president of the Board of Directors of Johnson Controls, John Bart, in a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday laid the foundations of the factory to be built in the Bunardzik free economic zone. The investment totals 20 million dollars.


The production of automobile parts should begin in end-2007 when about 150 jobs are created. In the second stage of the project, another 20 million dollars will be invested and another 500 jobs will be created.

The prime minister expects Johnson Controls' investment to help bring other investments. He called on the home firms too to join as partners the building and production of the first factory in Bunardzik.

Johnson Controls' President John Bart pledged building of a first-rate facility.

"Our company is going to stick to the world standards and be a good corporative part of the country. A proof of that is our partnership of two years ago with the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius and our provision of scholarships for 35 students. In this way we want to create this factory's future leaders," he said.

The management of the US company presented its business plans to the Macedonian businessmen from the Federation of Economic Chambers. At their business breakfast, almost all the businessmen demonstrated interest in cooperating with Johnson Controls. However, the Americans were reserved, explaining they may only set out the criteria for selection of the companies they would cooperate with.

Johnson Controls is the world's leading producer of seats, batteries and other car parts. It has a 1,000-strong workforce, 250 representative offices and annual turnover of 20 billion dollars.