Crelicam | The Mill
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The Mill

Value-Added Processing

At Crelicam, we continually strive to bring more value-added processing to Cameroon, transferring appropriate technology and skills, and creating jobs. This is important because historically, the dominant business model in Africa has been based on exporting raw resources for value-added processing in other countries, and we feel that Cameroonians deserve to reap the benefits of adding value to native natural resources such as ebony. Since our transition to new ownership in 2011, the Crelicam mill has undergone a remarkable transformation into a more advanced wood-processing facility. With new machinery, improved building infrastructure, and a skilled workforce, Crelicam has increased its capacity to produce value-added ebony parts in Cameroon. Our sawyers are equipped to cut and process wood with greater precision to produce high-quality parts.


Social Investment

We have an ethical responsibility to invest in the training and well-being of our employees to give them a higher stake in the industry they help support. Crelicam has become a thriving workplace and one of the most desirable places to work in the community.

  • Our investment in our employees includes:

    • Technical training with teams from Madinter and Taylor, who regularly visit Crelicam to share their expertise in everything from milling to finance and administration
    • Improved wages, along with health care and educational benefits for employees and their families
    • A free cooked lunch in the onsite kitchen
    • The creation of a fresh water well that supplies both the factory and the local community with clean, potable water
    • Improved tools, training and technology for forest contractors, including safety gear and GPS devices to register the location of extracted trees for compliance and chain-of-custody transparency