Snow storms in Jerusalem cause NIS 25m. damage to industry

"Only about 10% to 20% of industry workers had reported to work," said Galit Levi, head of the Manufacturers Association in the Jerusalem area.

Jerusalem snow 88 224 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Jerusalem snow 88 224
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
This week's snow storms and stormy weather in Jerusalem affected manufacturers' operations and factory production, causing losses of NIS 25 million, the Manufacturers Association of Israel reported Wednesday. "The snow fall in Jerusalem today [Wednesday] led to a loss of 60 percent in the overall production of industry in the city," said Galit Levi, head of the association in the Jerusalem area. "We are talking about an output loss of about NIS 25 million." Only about 10% to 20% of industry workers had reported to work, she said. Bakeries and milk distribution centers in the capital were working as usual, she added, since they had anticipated transportation difficulties by securing jeeps and special vehicles. About 10% of industry companies and factories located in the Jerusalem area were operating continuous production lines with a fourth of their workers, about 20% of the factories were operating 10% and less of their production lines and 65% were not operating at all, Levi said. According to the association, there are some 530 factories in Jerusalem employing five or more workers. The Jerusalem branch of the association had offered special conditions and prices for jeep transportation services to about 15 factories that cannot stop their operations and production lines, Levi said. Most manufacturers said the main reason for considering the temporary closure of factories was the safety of workers. Some factories had started to operate late because of transportation difficulties and the closure of side streets, Levi said. The stormy weather caused delays at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday, flights from Tel Aviv's Sde Dov Airport to the North were canceled due to extreme weather and Haifa Port was partially closed down.