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Kerr-Jarretts unveil new tech park

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 5:00 AM
Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris (left), greets CEO of ACT, Joseph Lembo (right), while Karen Dormer of ACT looks on.
These lovely looking women (from left) are ACT's Mellesia Taylor, Xerox's Dezaray Nugent, and Michelle Palmer.
From left: Director of Barnett Limited, Chris Bovell, in conversation with Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton and managing director of the Development Bank of Jamaica, Milverton Reynolds.
From left: Xerox country manager, Leroy Reid; Paula Kerr-Jarrett, director, Barnett Limited; and Minister Phillip Paulwell.
Paula Kerr-Jarrett and Winston Dear, former director of Barnett Limited.
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Montego Bay power couple, Mark and Paula Kerr-Jarrett, and their partners in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector - Xerox and Advanced Call Centre Technologies (ACT) - unveiled the new Barnett Tech Park on Wednesday.

The technology park, which has the capacity to accommodate 8,000 workers, will also be the new home to the University of the West Indies, Mona, Western Jamaica Campus, as well as 1,300 homes by housing developers, Gore Development.

In what could easily be considered one of the loveliest ribbon-cutting ceremonies attended by over 80 persons, including ministers Anthony Hylton, Phillip Paulwell, Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams and Mayor of Montego Bay Glendon Harris, the Second City outshone itself on Wednesday, depicting a beacon of hope for young professionals seeking jobs.

Both Xerox and ACT announced plans to provide thousands of jobs in the western region in the next 24 months.

Xerox, the largest BPO operator in the country, announced the opening of a new 25,000-sq ft facility in the Tech Park, employing 450 customer service agents; even while getting ready to break ground for a 50,000-sq ft facility which will house another 900 employees when opened in 2016.

Financed by the Development Bank of Jamaica and Barnett Limited, the Tech Park has been hailed as a transformative location by ACT's president and CEO, Joseph Lembo.

"As the final furniture build-out is set for completion in mid-May, our company also expects to expand its service offerings to our financial sector client base during the next year," said Lembo.