S. Koreans, eco worker fast-track glove factory plans

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Vice President Jonathan Nez, left, meets with a South Korean delegation on the possibility of opening a glove factory on the Navajo Nation.

CHURCH ROCK, N.M.

With foreign investors and using an empty building, the establishment of a glove manufacturing business is on course.

For nearly a decade the building between the Red Rock Incubator and Fire Rock Casino has been empty. Although there had been plans to use the building, politics and other issues caused those possibilities to dwindle until they died. Sharlene Begay-Platero, with the Navajo Nation’s project development office, has had lofty dreams for the vacant building.

A couple of times she was able to get a tenant but they never followed through.

But she pitched her idea to Dong Jin Yoon and a partnership was made. “We did a presentation on April of last year,” said Begay-Platero.

“I said I have a facility and that’s how it began.” More work must be done and Begay-Platero met with Vice President Jonathan Nez and got the ball rolling.


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Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti reports on Navajo Nation Council, Business, Fort Defiance Agency, New Mexico State politics and Art/fashion. Her clans are Nát'oh dine'é Táchii'nii, Bit'ahnii, Kin łichii'nii, Kiyaa'áanii. She’s originally from Fort Defiance and has a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. Before working for the Navajo Times she was a reporter for the Gallup Independent. She can be reached at abecenti@navajotimes.com.