EMPLOYMENT opportunities could soon open up for more than 100 Fijians once an internationally renowned sportswear company sets itself up in Lautoka.
The World Rugby Specialists Group (WRS Group) which is the parent company for KooGa, Silverfern, Brant Media, Linebreak and BLK has set up base in Tavakubu and is keen to employ more locals.
Group chairman, Kim Brant said setting up a company in Fiji has always been his dream and revealed the reason for investing in the more than $1.3 million plant in Lautoka.
"We did our homework before coming to Fiji," he said.
"Lautoka is famous for its textile industry, there are lot of qualified people here and it is closer to the port and the airport. It's not a flood prone area.
"We would like to employ as many locals as possible, local people are always our first choice."
Mr Brant said the idea was also promote the country to the world textile industry.
He said the first shipment overseas made two weeks ago had the "Made in Fiji" brand on the products.
"We make rugby jerseys for most prominent international, provincial and club rugby teams worldwide.
"We process rugby jerseys for rugby clubs in Wales, England, Ireland, Argentina, Australia, USA, South Africa, you name it we have it.
"We are also supplying rugby jerseys for Super Rugby teams in Australia such as Reds, Force, and even the Wallabies team and likewise many AFL outfits.
"Our head office is in Australia and we also have an office in London."
Mr Brant said the company has been receiving orders in the last few months and has promised to strike deals with local schools and Fiji for its products.
"Fijians love their rugby and it will be good to see national teams wearing Fiji-made rugby jerseys."