Category: ARC in the community

Category: ARC in the community

Making a Way for Aspiring Dentist

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).

Published by the Jamaica Gleaner.

ARC Strengthens its Commitment to the Environment

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 Empowers Women Through Period-Poverty Drive

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).

From left: Board Chairman, Keith Sangster and Deloris Bailey, Manager are pictured with ARC’s General Manager- Corporate Affairs & Finance, Novlet Deans following the company’s donation of feminine hygiene products, clothing, shoes, and an assortment of non-perishable food items. 

Published in The Jamaica Gleaner.

ARC Builds a Way for Dupont Primary

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).

Published by The Jamaica Gleaner.

ARC Grants Wishes To My Father’s House

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.

Published by the Jamaica Gleaner.

ARC Makes a Substantial Donation to PSOJ’s COVID-19 Response Fund

Deanall Barnes (right), Managing Director of ARC Manufacturing, presents a symbolic cheque representing the company’s donation of $250,000 to the PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund.

Accepting the donation are Greta Bogues (left), interim CEO, Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), and Saffrey Brown, Chair, Council of Voluntary Social Services, and Project Manager for the PSOJ Fund.

The PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund is a multi-sectoral initiative done in partnership with the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS), American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), United Way of Jamaica (UWJ), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and other partners, by mobilizing and distributing resources towards the protection and welfare of the citizens of Jamaica who were most at-risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARC Praises Team for their Outstanding Performance

Arc Manufacturing Limited recognized its group of sales representatives for their outstanding performance in sales and customer relations, at an intimate luncheon recently.

Despite the fallouts from COVID-19, its Montego Bay office copped the title for Most Improved Division. Sales Executive Nickeisha Horne topped the charts by achieving the Highest Dollar Value Sales and Highest Gross Profit Sales.

“We have an all hands on deck approach, so each division is integrally involved in what we do. We hold ourselves to a high standard of service, therefore, from start to finish, we are there at every step of the way for our customers,” she asserted while reliving a day in the life of a sales representative.

In her guest presentation, Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid expressed, “it is commendable that even during a pandemic, you stayed true to your customers because your excellence is unconditional.”

Sales Executive Nickeisha Horne (left) flashed a radiant smile as she accepts her token from guest speaker Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid (right).

Chairman Norman Horne noted that the company maintains its competitive edge by providing a superb customer experience through constant innovation, its extensive line of products, and superior delivery service islandwide.

Arc is a manufacturer of common wire nails and the sole manufacturer of binding wire in Jamaica. Its primary location is 14 Bell Road, which houses the corporate offices, warehouses, distribution hub, and manufacturing plants.

The company also operates a sales office, warehouse, and distribution outlet in Ironshore, Montego Bay.

Published by Loop Jamaica.

ARC Recognizes 22 of its Machine Operators

ARC Manufacturing Limited recognized 22 of the company’s technical employees at its Bell Road office recently. These employees were certified as Machine Operators under the HEART TRUST NSTA’s Workforce Certification Programme, after completing over 126 hours of training and assessments.

Rian Forbes, one of the 22 certified employees, stated, “I am always open to opportunities where I can grow and influence my peers, so I am happy I got the chance to participate in the programme. As challenging as it was, it was worth it.”

The ISO 9001:2015 certified company believes its staff is one of its most important stakeholders and, therefore, is committed to consistently investing in their professional development. This will add value, not only to employees but also to the company.

During his address to the honourees, Acting Director Business Development and Workforce Solutions at the HEART TRUST NSTA, Marlon Johnson highlighted the significance of their certification, before encouraging the group to continue with their educational pursuits and upward mobility.

“The certificate you hold separates you from the average individual, so be proud of yourselves. You can go anywhere in the world to show that you are trained and certified as Machine Operators. Your certificate is yours for life because you put in the work, and no one can take that from you.”

Over the years, the building materials specialist has successfully partnered with the HEART TRUST NTSA to train its employees in various disciplines, such as customer service, forklift operating, and machine operating. The company plans to continue this important partnership into the future.

ARC Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer and distributor of building materials in Jamaica. They are the employer of choice for over two hundred and fifty (250) individuals, with the majority of its employees residing in the surrounding communities.

ARC Gifts 2020 Vision To Pep Student

Dupont Primary & Infant School’s Tijara Mudhay was delighted to receive a much-needed pep up ahead of her Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination recently. The 11-year-old grade 6 student was presented with her first pair of prescription glasses from ARC Manufacturing Limited’s general manager, corporate affairs and finance, Novlet Deans, after battling with poor vision for years.

The presentation, which was hosted at the Olympic Way institution, also featured the blessing of its grade 6 students as they prepared to sit their PEP exams.

 

 

Horne Speaks to Students On the Importance of Passion in Business Pursuits

Executive chairman of ARC Manufacturing Ltd Norman Horne has impressed upon University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) students the importance of passion in business pursuits.

Horne was addressing the university’s Entrepreneurial Expo last Wednesday. The event, presented by students from the Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, was held under the theme ‘Creating Opportunities, Developing Economies’ and saw several booth set-ups from local micro-businesses in sectors spanning food preparation, health, and beauty to fashion and home décor.

Horne drove home the steps to successful entrepreneurship. “In Jamaica, ARC is a large enterprise, employing over 500 persons but we started very small  with passion alone as the beginning of our success,” stated Horne as he guided attendees through the technical and theoretical aspects of Jamaican entrepreneurship.

Through the duration of his just under 20-minute presentation, the ARC CEO detailed his initial humble upbringing to early life and the opportunity to study overseas, an opportunity, which eventually earned him, acclaim in the local business fraternity.

Engaging students with his steps to personal success Horne also relied on textbook theory as he explained key concepts to business sustainability, especially in the Jamaican market. The subject of much turmoil and spills developing economies like Jamaica often present entrepreneurs with a true test of will power and faith, Horne explained, “only the paranoid survive”.

“Where will initial investment come from? How will you cover ongoing expenses before generating a profit? These questions must be answered. How will you manage? You do so by following gut feelings, doing research, business intelligence, lobbying, personal experience and sometimes relying on the experience of others. What are the resources available? Who is your competition? We asked ourselves these questions regularly and we not only managed but we managed very well and remained almost clinically focused,” continued Horne.

The former senator emphasized the importance of sticking to the initial plan and details laid out after research, SWOT and other analyses. He also stressed the importance of integrity in business and maintaining an excellent reputation.

“Successful entrepreneurs use the plans they have created; consistently and patiently working hard to establish their businesses; always marry the practical lessons to the theoretical lessons. Your mind will lead you, your work ethic will push you forward and your sound character will cement your success,” Horne stated.

Published by The Jamaica Observer