He worked as a chemist in Mallinckrodt Inc; during his residing in U.S.A he also obtained two graduate diplomas in Marketing and Management. In 1978, he started importing jute products from Bangladesh. In late 1979, he initiated the first project of our company- East West jute products. This unit-exported jute made handicrafts to different parts of U.S.A. In 1980 he came to Bangladesh permanently with his family. Mrs. Tahmina salim, Managing Director, was involved with east west jute products from 1980.
After 5 years, Mr. Rashid along with Mrs. Tahmina Salim and other four partners initiated the first garments unit East West Fashion Garments Ltd., in Mirpur, Dhaka. By 1986 another unit, Fashion Trousers Ltd., was started.
For better manufacturing capability these two units moved to 186, Tejgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka in 1988. After 8 years, to compete in the global RMG sector, of the 90’s lead the company to move further with their quality and manufacturing capacity.
Our company with our banking partner Sonali Bank, Dhaka, bought 6 Acres of land in 1996 in chaydhana, Gazipur. Our objective was to create and design an international standard manufacturing RMG manufacturing complex with the most latest and ethical infrastructure. By January 1997, our first 5- storied building was completed. Three new units-Fashion Skirt Ltd. Fashion Trouser Ltd and United Fashion Ltd. were set up in this building to put into production.
By early of year 2000, we completed the second identical building of the first one, which is a 7 storied building. The previous two units, East West Fashion Garments and Fashion Trousers Ltd. were transferred from Tejagaon to this new Gazipur site.
n the year 2003, we set up our own textile mill unit named “East West Suiting Mills Ltd.” in Savar with an annual capacity of weaving 9 lac yds of woven fabric. We produce 100% Poly and 100% Cotton fabric mainly.
Currently, all our units are running in Gazipur along with a unit of washing plant. Our Tejgaon bulding is the corporate head office and showroom for our brand Fit Elegance, which is the retailer of mens’ and ladies’ wear.