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Wisynco to resume normal operations within six weeks - Mahfood

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 5:00 AMJason Cross
William Mahfood

Chairman of Wisynco Group Limited, William Mahfood, announced yesterday that the company's distribution operations should return to normal within the next six weeks following last Thursday's fire which destroyed its distribution centre in Lakes Pen, St Catherine.

The centre was primarily used to store beverages made by the company. Firefighters are yet to determine the cause of the fire.

"The major losses were in the areas of raw materials and finished goods. Whatever raw materials we had in short term and then whatever was in transit, it will take a full month to six weeks to really replace all of the raw materials in a meaningful way (to) get us back to full hundred per cent capacity production. I think conservatively, six weeks, we will be back to normal," Mahfood told the Gleaner's Power 106.

He said that temporary warehouses have been identified and would be utilised until the company can rebuild. He however noted that operating from multiple locations would pose challenges.

"We deliver on average, 200-300 truck loads a day. Our system that we had there was designed for that. Now, relocating to multiple locations and trying to replicate that is going to be inefficient. We're going to have to operate out of different spaces, so there is duplication of efforts (and) inefficiency," Mahfood said.