Our story began in the decade of the 1980’s, with the vision of the second private industrial free zone park on 170 acres, targeted mainly at large multinational corporations. At the end of 1985, we inaugurated our operations with the prestigious American firm of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, for whom we constructed the first 4 buildings housing some 1,200 employees. The following year we received the company of Hanes Knitwear, which introduced its underwear sewing operations, thereby creating some 800 additional jobs. Over the years that followed, more foreign medical-device manufacturers arrived, such as Baxter, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Bristol Myers, Ayerst- Wyeth, and others. Since the beginning, PIISA has adopted the highest quality standards in urban development and services through which it has attracted more companies from other sectors, including electronics, packaging, services, logistics, etc. Despite the fact that the Dominican Republic has continued to establish new free zone parks in different areas of the island, PIISA has maintained a constant growth, making it the leader in capturing high-technology companies.
At present PIISA represents 13,000 direct jobs in the manufacturing of products of high added value for the pharmaceutical and electronic industries destined for the United States, European, and Japanese markets, and occupying 1.9mm of square feet of construction. We can proudly say that according to the National Free Zone Council’s annual statistics with barely 8% off total employment, PIISA represents 20% of total exports. As part of our continuous growth, our horizon has expanded to the capital city of Santo Domingo, where we acquired two office buildings to house support operations for the hotel, telecommunication, and logistics industry. One of the buildings is located on Lope de Vega Avenue, and the other on Independencia Avenue, with both totaling 30,000 square feet.
We are committed to provide our clients with a productive environment through first class infrastructure, highly qualified personnel, and management support, which will allow them to manufacture quality products, delivered on a timely basis and at international competitive price.
We will be the preferred Caribbean industrial free zone by contributing with our clients’ operations to mature into fully integrated world-class facilities.
Competitiveness, customer satisfaction, teamwork, honesty, trustworthiness, motivation, loyalty, quality and ethics.
INTEGRATED SAFETY, HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Latin American Free Zone Investments Dominicana, Inc. (PIISA) is a private industrial free zone park which develops modern infrastructures for rent, offering services such as maintenance, personnel recruiting, physical security, container yard and parking, in a safe and healthy environment for its collaborators and interested parties.
We are committed to the safety and security of cargo, of our clients, employees, visitors, goods, and shareholders during their stay in our facilities as well as the protected zones that surround us. Our plans and processes allow us to both achieve our supply-chain-related objectives, and mitigate and control the risks of safety and security, the environment, and natural phenomena in our internal and external context, which either intentionally or accidentally threaten our image, our operations, the health of our associates and collaborators, and all those to whom we provide services. While ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations, we continue to implement and improve our safety and security management and control system.
We make this possible through our commitment to:
• Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding the prevention of work-related risks, environmental contaminations and commitments contracted with parties interested in our processes.
• Preventing risks linked to our operations, such as work at heights, traffic accidents, manual handling tools injuries, environmental contamination, occupational diseases, as well as any other unsafe risk that could be identified.
• Preventing supply-chain risks, including upstream and downstream operations.
• Developing training and awareness programs for our collaborators focused on possible operational risks and its prevention.
This requires a commitment by everyone.
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José T. Contreras
Executive Vice President