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U.S. aids Iraqi factory's production

By Sgt. Mark Albright , 14th Public Affairs Detachment

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Workers at Diyala Electrical Industries clean parts to a transformer. The workers will soon have two new machines to help with the production of transformers. This will allow them to increase production to help Iraq and its people.
Workers at Diyala Electrical Industries clean parts to a transformer. The workers will soon have two new machines to help with the production of transformers. This will allow them to increase production to help Iraq and its people.

Oct. 1, 2008 — CAMP VICTORY, Iraq (Oct. 2, 2008) — Diyala Electrical Industries received two machines to help the Iraqi owned company get closer to meeting its production demand. The machines are a benefit of a partnership between Diyala Electrical Industries and the United States government and are in need at the company for production of industrial sized electrical transformers for power lines.

DEI is the only company that produces transformers in Iraq. These are used to help transport electricity through power lines throughout Iraq. The machines the company received are wire cutting and gas cutting machines that will increase the amount of transformers manufactured. The company needs these machines to increase their capabilities to meet demand.

“Diyala Electrical Industries is critical to Diyala and to the country as a whole,” said David Matthews, senior economic advisor with the Provincial Reconstruction Team for the Diyala province, “I think the improvement over the past year has been dramatic.”

Meeting the demand is the goal of the company. The company employs over 2500 Iraqis and as the demand goes up so will the employment. This will help the economy and the people that work at the company as well as Iraq.

“My concern is about the government of Iraq to be able to produce these highly technical instruments to be used for the country of Iraq and the people of Iraq,” said Matthews.

Technical ability is as important to the production of DEI and the people of Iraq. The company has several engineers and technical experts and general laborers who work together to assemble different pieces of the transformers.

The employees are very excited about the new machines to assist the company. The new machines will used to help increase production.

“This going to improve the production of the company,” said Abdul-Salam Muhammad Jafar, Distribution Manager, Diyala Electric Industries for 23 years,” The new machines can replace some out dated machines and will allow for an increase in production.”

“This will make the production faster with less down time for the machines, said Jafar.