Month: February 2022

ARC Manufacturing Secures ISO Recertification

In 2018, ARC Manufacturing Limited led the pack as the first company in the building materials industry to attain the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certificate of conformity for its comprehensive quality management system (QMS). Now three years later, the company eyes further growth following the renewal of its certification conferred by the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ).

This new level unlocked reflects the manufacturing giant’s ongoing commitment to quality and continuous improvement to achieve operational excellence in keeping with global standards.

Chairman, Norman Horne described the achievement as another step taken towards creating a world-class organization of repute.  

“This recertification of our quality management system is a clear statement to our stakeholders that we have continuously made real and measurable improvements in our business processes for their benefit.” 

“It is a key element to building a more sustainable business and aligns with our core values by putting our stakeholders’ interests at the heart of everything we do. Therefore, our commitment to quality never ends,” he explained.

With this continued success, the building materials specialist anticipates further growth with plans in sight to expand operations and create new jobs.

“It is an exciting time for us at ARC, as we are undergoing expansion plans to increase our production capacities and diversify our product offerings. This we hope will make a difference in the community by creating new jobs, satisfying the needs of our customers,” he noted. 

ARC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of building materials in Jamaica, specializing in the production of barbed wire, fabric mesh, nails, chain link fencing, tracks & studs, purlins, circular & industrial zinc, roofing tiles, hurricane straps, and other products. They boast one of the most modern lumber treatment facilities in the region, and is the employer of choice for over three hundred (300) individuals, with the majority of its employees residing in the surrounding communities in Kingston and Montego Bay.

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ARC Donates to COVID-19 Field Hospital

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton (third right), cuts the ribbon at the opening of the COVID-19 field hospital on the grounds of the Savanna-La-Mar Public Hospital in Westmoreland on February 2, 2022. Sharing in the occasion [from left] are Dr Suman Vemu, Senior Medical Officer at Savanna-La-Mar Public Hospital, Eric Clarke, Chairman of Western Regional Health Authority, Diane Scott, CEO, Jamaican Medical Cannabis Company Group, Norman Horn, Chairman of Arc Manufacturing and Arc Properties Limited, and Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland George Wright.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, on Wednesday (February 2), officially opened a field hospital on the grounds of the Savanna-la-Mar Public Hospital in Westmoreland.

The Minister said that the 50-bed capacity facility, which will accommodate coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, will help to ease the pressure on the main hospital.

“The threat of COVID still exists, so the field hospital that we put out here today is a proactive move to manage treatment. Our doctors… our nurses… continue to be on the front lines where they continue to prepare themselves. As a Government and as a region, we appreciate and understand the pressures on this institution here in Westmoreland and the need to expand facilities to provide care to those who need it,” he pointed out.

Construction of the field hospital began last November, with the project costing $35.4 million. It includes a reinforced concrete structure, a weather-haven tent and permanent bathroom facilities.

Minister Tufton said there is potential for the field hospital to be expanded in the future.

Construction of the field hospital was made possible through donations from Chief Executive Officer of Jamaican Medical Cannabis Company Group, Diane Scott, and Chairman of ARC Manufacturing and ARC Properties Limited, Norman Horne.

The Minister commended Chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Eric Clarke, for his efforts in bringing the project to reality.

During the ceremony, Dr. Tufton also unveiled four mobile clinics, which will go to each of the four regional health authorities across the island.

“The buses have been retrofitted for use in the Ministry of Health’s community COVID-19 vaccination programme and will be able to go into remote rural communities, so persons can get vaccinated,” he said.

Published by the Jamaica Information Service.

Dr Christopher Tufton (left), minister of health and wellness, and Norman Horne, chairman of Arc Manufacturing and Arc Properties Limited, examine furnishings inside the newly opened field hospital on the compound of the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland on Wednesday. Looking on is Diane Scott, CEO of the Jamaican Medical Cannabis Corporation Group.
Photo by The Jamaica Gleaner.
Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (right) in discussion with Diane Scott, CEO of Jamaica Medical Cannabis Company group, in one of the ministry’s mobile vaccination buses at Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital last week. Looking on (from second left) are Norman Horne of ARC Manufacturing and ARC Properties Ltd; custos of Westmoreland, Hartley Perrin; and George Wright, Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Central.
Photo by The Jamaica Observer.