The important industrial ventures in the district are the coffee and tea processing units in the big estates. Mananthavady has the maximum number of small-scale industries. Category-wise distribution of small scale industries shows that there are 349 food products manufacturing units, 107 chemical units, 10 leather based units, 5 hosiery units and 1,310 other type of units. Thavinjal does not have any small-scale unit.
There are 41 industrial co-operative societies. Poothadi has the maximum number and three panchayats do not have any industrial co-operative societies at all. Under private sector, mechanical watch assembling unit started at Kalpetta is running profitably. Other important industrial units started recently and proved to be viable are one soap unit having an investment of Rs.59 lakhs at Sulthan Bathery, a biscuit unit at Ambalavayal, a diamond cutting unit at Kamblakkad (providing employment to more than 100 laboureres), a dozen cement hollow brick units, two offset presses, one plastic waste recycling unit at Ambalavayal, one barbed wire unit at Kolagappara and one Hawaii sheet manufacturing unit at Meppady.
Two medium scale industrial units have started commercial production of brassier hooks at Sulthan Bathery by using imported machinery worth Rs.3 crores with financial assistance of kerala State Industrial Development Corporation. A porcelain unit at Meenangadi is nearing completion and is expected to be commissioned within six months.
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