A cocoa factory to be opened in Keila

The 31-metre TERKO building on Veski street in Keila will get a new purpose – grinding cocoa.

The municipality of Keila has issued a construction permit to the company Keila Veskid to reconstruct the six-storey grain dryer/flour mill on Veski street into a food industry building.

The municipality has issued a construction permit to the company Keila Veskid AS to reconstruct the six-storey grain dryer/flour mill on Veski Street into a food industry building. The technology has been redesigned for cocoa production. The roof and facade of the building will be reconstructed. The new facade will be covered with a light gray sheet profile. The outside of the building will be improved greatly, because the unattractive band windows on the northern side will be replaced with small single openable windows. On the southern side of the facade, the wooden windows will be replaced with PVC windows.

On the outer wall of the southern side, a reinforced concrete pit will be constructed for receiving loose produce. The existing unit will be used for receiving/issuing packaged raw material and end product. There will be 18 new jobs, 9 employees will be present in the building at once. There are 9 parking spaces designed on the property. In addition to the structures of the building, the water, sewage and electrical systems will be reconstructed and the existing ventilation system will be replaced with a modern system with a heat exchanger. A gas oven will be installed on the third floor for frying and cooling crushed cocoa beans.

Giving the old TERKO building a new life is a welcome step in every aspect. One might jokingly ask what the skin colour of the cocoa grinders will be, unless, of course, they are migrant workers. In the olden days, if the machinery happened to malfunction, the millers were often white from all the flour.