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Omni Industries reorganises business operations

Published:Thursday | January 29, 2015 | 1:00 AM

This article first appeared online on Wednesday.

Thermoplastic manufacturer Omni Industries Limited will be locking down some of its product lines under a rationalisation of its operations, starting this month.

The company said it will be outsourcing and increasing its trading activities and that the revised business operations will result in redundancy and redeployment of its workforce.

"Like so many local manufacturers, the company has experienced very challenging and turbulent times in recent years, with ever-increasing production and energy costs and decreasing demands due to the general economic slump, necessitating a restructuring of their operation," the company said in a press release on Tuesday.

The restructuring will focus on measures to reduce the cost of energy, generate better returns on the capital employed and to offer quality products at competitive prices, it said.

Solar Energy Project

The company said it recently invested in a solar energy project which will reduce its energy cost over time and is in keeping with their strategy to retool and employ modern technology.

Omni Industries, located at Twickenham Park, Spanish Town, St Catherine, manufactures PVC pipes, bottle crates, industrial buckets and plastic houseware.

The company said that although the restructuring will affect its workforce, there will be no disruption in its supplies to customers and that on completion of the exercise Omni Industries would emerge as a leaner, more energy-efficient, profitable and competitive organisation.

Two years ago, on January 19, 2013, fire gutted Omni Industries' warehouse and partially damaged its machinery, threatening to put more than 200 workers out of jobs.

However, Omni and its sister company, Flexpak, formed out of the divestment of what was once Thermoplastics Jamaica Limited, the largest plastics manufacturer in the Caribbean, resumed manufacturing shortly after.

Omni Industries Chairman Uwe Kumst and members of the management team were not reached for comment.

It was not ascertained what product lines would be closed, how many workers would be affected by the restructuring, and whether Omni has identified a company to which it will outsource its trading activities.

mcpherse.thompson@gleanerjm.com