BET founder announces factories in Haiti

Black Entertainment Television chairman and founder, Robert Johnson, gestures during a press conference Thursday, August 12, 1999, in New York. Johnson announced an initiative led by BET Holdings, with cooperation from the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund and a group of top media companies, in launching a Web site catering to blacks, a move aimed at narrowing the "digital divide" that has left use of the Internet by blacks way below whites. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

June 23, 2010 7:09:24 PM PDT
The founder of the U.S. cable TV company Black Entertainment Television has announced a project for factories that will build construction materials in Haiti.

A press release from Robert L. Johnson says the two factories will build earthquake- and hurricane-resistant panels for housing in Haiti's quake-battered capital and the city of Cap-Haitien.

Johnson announced the project Wednesday during a visit to Port-au-Prince, where he met with Haitian President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

The factories will be developed through a company jointly owned by Johnson's RLJ Companies and South Carolina-based Global Building Solutions. The partnership has built a resort in the West African nation of Liberia.