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Rhino Health Breaks Ground in Church Rock

Rhino Health Breaks Ground in Church Rock
October 06
15:08 2021

Rhino Charges Forward

With its groundbreaking Rhino Health Facilities, in Church Rock, N.M., moved into Phase II of a 100,000-square-foot facility expansion.

The facility will manufacture “Made in the Navajo Nation” nitrile gloves – necessary PPE to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this pandemic.

The project is also expected to create 350 new jobs.

“The Navajo people are deserving of good jobs that are located here on our homeland,” Budget & Finance Committee Chairman  Jamie Henio said.

The expansion is an investment for the Church Rock community, Henio added.

Henio said Navajo Speaker Seth Damon and the Navajo Nation Council plan for more construction projects that will create jobs and uplift the economy during a pandemic.

“This groundbreaking is the first step.” Henio said.

Back in October 2019, Damon sponsored Legislation No. 0180-19, allocating more than $19-million dollars from the Síhasin Fund for the construction of the factory and employing over 350 Navajo people.

The 24th Navajo Nation Council passed the bill with 19 in favor and 0 opposed.

“Job creation and the development of infrastructure projects on the Navajo Nation is a top priority. Especially when small businesses and companies locate these jobs in our communities,” Damon said. “The expansion of the Church Rock factory is one of many other economic proposals that will jumpstart the Navajo economy and keep our people employed.”

Phase II expansion will increase the production and distribution of nitrile latex gloves, with 100% percent Navajo labor to construct the facility.

“Over the last four years, we have called the Navajo Nation home,” Rhino CEO Mark Lee said.

He estimated that 500 billion latex gloves are made in a year.

“In Church Rock alone, we manufacture around seven million gloves in a month. That means the Navajo people will make 1.5 billion gloves over the next year,” Lee said.

The state-of-the-art facility will exponentially grow Rhino’s production and transportation operations, Lee added.

Síhasin Funds were invested for this project. The fund was created to provide financial support and financing for the planning and development of regional infrastructure projects. This includes the construction of housing, waterlines, solid waste management projects, transportation, and the installation of powerline and communication systems for the Navajo Nation.

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