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Tank-Weld takes over Century Eslon local distribution

Published:Wednesday | August 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Chris Bicknell, CEO of Tank-Weld group. - File

Richard Browne, Business Reporter

Tank-Weld Metals is now the exclusive distributor for Century Eslon Jamaica Limited, a trader in PVC pipes and electrical cable manufactured by its Trinidadian parent.

The contract with Century Eslon, which took effect on August 1, adds to Tank-Weld's portfolio of construction products. Outside of its core steel business, Tank-Weld also distributes lumber, cement and other hardware products such as plumbing items.

Century Elson was incorporated in Jamaica in August 2002, with its operations located in Clarendon.

The parent company, Century Eslon Limited, was bought out in 2011 by Electrical Industries Limited (EIL), another Trinidadian company whose products include electrical cable, fluorescent lighting and low and medium voltage switchgear.

Tank-Weld chief executive officer, Christopher Bicknell, said last night that Century Eslon is in the process of closing down its Jamaican operations and will be transferring its stock and equipment to his company.

Bicknell told Wednesday Business that the Century Eslon brands will be distributed from Tank-Weld's Kingston and Rio Bueno facilities.

Outside of its EIL electrical cable, Century Eslon's major seller in the Jamaican market is its water pipes, advertised as 'the pipe with the stripe'.

For its electric cables Century Eslon competes locally with Caribbean Cable Company, based in Old Harbour, St Catherine, as well as Asian imports.

Efforts to contact Century Eslon's bosses were unsuccessful. However, the company said in a joint press advertisement that through its new partnership with Tank-Weld, it remains committed to the Jamaican market.

It was said to have employed 15 staff.

Century Eslon started in Trinidad in 1965 as a manufacturer of plastic construction and industrial packaging products.The company has distribution centres in Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Suriname, and also services markets in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, United States and Canada. It employs about 200 people regionally.