Antoinette Bernard, human resources manager at ARC Manufacturing Limited, paints a section of a classroom at the Haile Selassie High School recently. The initiative, which was executed under the ‘Paint Every Classroom’ project, included the restoration of grade-nine classrooms, as well as the donation of paints and other supplies in preparation for the new academic year.
This is one of several projects ARC Manufacturing has undertaken to support the needs of residents from the surrounding communities in which it operates.
ARC Manufacturing Limited took centre stage to host the first staging of its Lunch & Learn initiative at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica recently. The interactive session provided adolescent mothers with critical life skills to deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life, in support of their personal and professional pursuits. General Manager of Administration & Manufacturing, Novlet Deans (left), hands over a symbolic kit to manager of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica, Gay Williams (right), following the manufacturing company’s presentation on March 8.
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.
Residents of My Father’s House compound of the Mustard Seed Communities are in for a bright Christmas following ARC Manufacturing Limited’s donation of paint and supplies to refurbish four of the facility’s dorms. Making the presentation, Sherlette Holness, senior manager, Projects & Retail Sales (centre), was joined by Mustard Seed’s Camille Bromfield, senior supervisor (left), and Ezlyn Mckenzie, administrator (right) during the handover.
As road fatalities continue to rise, ARC Manufacturing engaged Grennel’s Driving School to train a number of its transportation team members in defensive driving.
The globally recognised National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course (NSC DDC) exposed drivers to numerous best-practise techniques, including defensive driving, preventative collision, pedestrian safety, hazard recognition, and vehicle maintenance.
The manufacturing company’s proactive approach to road safety will help its employees to anticipate driving errors of others, hazardous situations and support good decision-making strategies for safe driving.
ARC’s driver Steven Wright commented, “though I have been driving for almost two decades, the training highlighted areas I was never exposed to until now. It goes to show that you can never be too old to learn something new.”
In addition to its diverse portfolio of building materials, ISO 9001:2015 certified-ARC maintains its growth by supporting the development of staff at all levels throughout the business. This strengthens its talent pool and creates opportunities for workers to increase their earning potential.
Arc’s General Manager – Operations and Transportation Logistics, Yvonne Dacres said being able to recognise possible hazards and effectively respond promptly is a necessary skill that goes a far way in reducing road incidents.
“Ensuring the well-being of our team members and the communities we serve is a top priority, and that starts by creating a strong culture of safety,” she explained. “So with these fundamental defensive driving skills, our drivers can make better decisions in real-life situations to create a safer environment for everyone, both inside and outside the vehicle.”
ARC Manufacturing owns and operates one of the most modern lumber treatment facilities in the region. It employs over 300 people.
Dupont Primary’s top PEP performer is on her way to achieving her dreams of becoming a dentist following ARC Manufacturing’s contribution to offset tuition and book expenses for the new academic year. Lakaica Greenland (centre) was joined by her mother, Jamila Persad (right), during the presentation from general manager – operations & transportation logistics, Yvonne Dacres (left).
On the heels of World Environment Day, ARC Manufacturing Limited strengthened its commitment to the environment with a tree planting exercise at its Bell Road location. The initiative which was hosted under the theme ‘Plant a Tree for the Future,’ featured members of staff planting Durranta trees in line with its sustainable environmental business practices.
Leading the charge, Managing Director Deanall Barnes explained that the company’s “adoption of green principles has benefitted all stakeholders.”
“Sustainability has become a strategic and operational imperative at ARC and is a critical component in our quality management system. Not only has it impacted our livelihoods, but also the environment and surrounding communities in which we operate,” he stated.
ARC also boasts one of the most modern Lumber Treatment facilities in the English-speaking Caribbean. This unique facility uses environmentally-friendly chemicals to preserve the life and dexterity of wood products, which reduces the effects of degradation caused by fungal decay.
The building materials company is on the verge of exploiting ways to enhance its conservation efforts and heighten its environmentally friendly culture.
ARC Manufacturing Limited championed the fight against period poverty in Jamaica recently. The building materials company hosted a month-long donation drive and awareness campaign that culminated in a female-empowerment session at the Wortley Home for Girls. Following the company’s presentation, Delores Bailey, manager (left), accepted packages of feminine hygiene products, clothing, shoes, and an assortment of non-perishable food items from ARC’s General Manager – Corporate Affairs & Finance, Novlet Deans (right).
Principal of Dupont Primary & Infant School, Andrew Rowe (left), beams with joy as he receives a much-needed donation of building materials from ARC Manufacturing Limited’s Managing Director, Deanall Barnes (right). The donation included an assortment of nails, lumber, plywood, and other building materials that will be used to construct an isolation room, where students who display signs of flu-like symptoms can be properly assessed. The Olympic Way institution can now resume face-to-face classes for its students in the preparation of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).
Mustard Seed’s wishes came to life, with ARC Manufacturing Limited making a substantial donation of sanitization supplies, toiletries, and an assortment of food items to the My Father’s House compound recently. From left: Senior manager, operations, Maurice Anderson, joins senior manager, hardware, institutional & international sales, Dahlia Cole, during its presentation to Mustard Seed Communities’ founder, Reverend Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon, and senior supervisor, Camille Bromfield.