Wisynco has risen from the ashes with the opening of the Sam Mahfood Distribution Centre on September 15. This comes only 16 months after their original Lakes Pen warehouse and distribution centre was ravaged by a fire. At the time many employees were worried about their jobs but Wisynco managed to retain all facility workers and remains committed to its mission, team members, and customers.
The new warehouse, which is dedicated to the father of CEO Andrew Mahfood and one of Wisynco’s founders, the late Sam Mahfood, is approximately 360,000 square feet – 100,000 square feet larger than the previous facility. The size of the Sam Mahfood Distribution Centre, isn’t the only thing that has been upgraded: the new facility features fire prevention technology to readily prevent a blaze from escalating.
When asked, Andrew Mahfood described the new features as a way to prevent disasters from impacting their productivity.
“We have implemented an Early Suppression Fast Response fire system that will have a quicker response in the event such a disaster were to ever happen again,” said Mahfood. “We want to secure our distribution centre, while also ensuring that our team members are protected.”
The system has 4500 sprinklers, supported by a 2500 gallons per minute (GPM) fire pump and a 275,000-gallon water tank.
Outside of the precautionary system, there have also been changes to improve productivity. This includes the implementation of an automated inventory and order picking system, more efficient layout with flexible workstations, a 100% increase in loading docks, a 20% increase in illumination with state of the art LED high-bay lights that will place a 30% reduction in energy consumption, and roofing insulation to reduce internal temperature.
“The Sam Mahfood Distribution Centre will be one of the most efficient warehouses in Jamaica,” said Mahfood.
“It has erased the ashes of the past allowing us to move forward on a stronger, better path and is designed to enable local and international growth. We remain committed to Jamaica and will forever remember the outpouring of support from our country. We are thankful to everyone who helped us to restart and rebuild after the tragedy.”
ABOUT THE FIRE AT WISYNCO
On May 26, 2016, theWisynco warehouse in Lakes Pen, St Catherine caught fire. All employees were evacuated safely from the warehouse and surrounding buildings.
The warehouse serves the entire Wisynco portfolio, incurred significant damage, but thanks to the assistance of the Jamaica Defense Force and fire brigade the blaze was kept isolated. Many members of the government lent words of support to the manufacturing giant, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness who encouraged the company to rise from the ashes.
The company temporarily relocated to a facility in Angels, St. Catherine, allowingWisynco to keep all staff members employed while they rebuilt the Lakes Pen location.