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Wisynco getting back on track

Published:Monday | July 11, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Wisynco had opened a temporary warehousing and distribution facility in Angels, St Catherine, following the fire at their Lakes Pen facility.
Jerry Mahfood, operations director at Wisynco Group .

Having experienced a temporary stock shortage due to a fire in May, Wisynco brands such as WATA, CranWATA, Boom and Bigga have returned to the Jamaican marketplace in full force.

The fire which occurred at the company's Lakes Pen offices was confined to its warehouse and distribution centre. This caused temporary shortages in locally manufactured and imported products. Since the fire, the Wisynco White Marl factories have operated continuous shifts to build up inventories and restore stock to normal levels.

"Our top priority was getting the production back up and running by being able to take products to our Angels warehouse and distribute them to our customers," said Jerry Mahfood, operations director at Wisynco Group Ltd. "It's important that we make sure customers in the market start to get products on a regular and continuous basis."

"We're getting them out on the market to satisfy our customers' needs," added Mahfood. "My 'wow' moment is an ongoing thing every day, because we've pulled out all the stops and are running harder and faster than ever."


Due to the loss of stock, it was critical for Wisynco to find space to store their products. On June 1, the company opened operations in Angels, St Catherine. The company has worked to regain stock and their customers can remain confident as Wisynco continues to deliver at a high level.

"This has been a trying time for us, but I must commend the efforts and energy put out by our distribution, operations and production people," said Wisynco Chairman William Mahfood.

Wisynco is currently in the final stages of designing a new facility at Lakes Pen. Contractors are currently demolishing the remaining structure from the previous warehouse. The next step is to begin fabricating the building off-site. In approximately three to four months, they will start construction on the new building.

"The Lakes Pen distribution centre was the backbone to the efficiency of our distribution - there is no doubt that it will be rebuilt," said CEO Andrew Mahfood. "We are looking at a January 2017 opening, on the optimistic side, and a February or March opening on the pessimistic side. Despite adversity, stock levels are returning to normal and the plans to rebuild are well under way."