*Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, is building factories in Haiti that will produce materials to help houses withstand earthquakes and hurricanes.
A press release says the two factories will manufacture earthquake-and hurricane-resistant panels for housing in the earthquake-ravaged capital of Port-au-Prince and 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, according to the AP.
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.