Lakespen St. Catherine Jamaica

Test History

1965
Official birth of Wisynco

Was the official birth of Wisynco. The new plant started production and manufactured 60 pairs of boots per hour. Soon farmers, casual labourers, factory workers, and anyone needing protection from the elements would be sporting Jamaican-made Iron Man water boots. Initially Wisynco introduced a double-shift system to keep up with growing demand, and when that still was not enough, expanded to three shifts. This was done by David Kerr and Joe Mahfood working 12 hour shifts to manage the three eight hour shifts. Andrew and William Mahfood were born.

1966
Exporting to Trinidad and Barbados

Wisynco started exporting Iron Man water boots to Trinidad and Barbados.

1968
Wisynco expanded production

Wisynco expanded production with its second line, “Mr. Robin” plastic shoes and boots for children. Factory space increased to 12,000 square feet by the middle of the 1960s, and by the end of that decade to 20,000 square feet.

1971
Started producing Gator Shoes

Wisynco exchanged (swapped) out its equipment with a Haitian producer of men’s shoes, and started producing Gator Shoes, a full range of men’s and children sneakers, casual and dress shoes. The Gator brand of footwear was the most popular products that rolled off its production line. Growth continued during the 1970s and, in fact, by the end of that decade, Wisynco required 60,000 square feet of production/warehouse space in order to supply the Jamaican market with its expanding range of products.

1973
Production of cups and containers

Wisynco started production of cups and containers, in the old offices at West Indies Synthetics, Twickenham Park being brought into use as the thermoforming hall.

1985
Beverage distribution

Wisynco started distributing beverages such as Carib Beer and Shandy, Cole-Cold and Chubby from Trinidadian manufacturers.

1991
Fisheries Division

Wisynco started its Fisheries Division. The company produced 1.2 million pounds per year using a Russian trawler and divers from Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

1996
10,000 square-foot manufacturing plant

Wisynco discontinues their distribution of Carib Shandy, Cole-Cold and Chubby from Trinidad. The company borrowed US$3 million and set up a 10,000 square-foot carbonated soft drink manufacturing plant. BIGGA Soft Drink was born.

2002
Brand of purified artesian well water

Wisynco introduced its own brand of purified artesian well water to the Jamaican market. In keeping with Jamaican “Culcha” they named it WATA.

2005
An amalgamation of the three companies

Wisynco Group Limited formed as a result of the amalgamation of the three companies – West Indies Synthetics Limited, Wisynco Trading Limited, and Jamaica Drink Company Limited.

2006
Coca-Cola distribution

Wisynco began distributing Coca-Cola products on a non-exclusive basis.

2008
Ocean Spray Cranberry flavoured WATA

Wisynco collaborated with Ocean Spray to introduce the innovative Ocean Spray Cranberry flavoured WATA, later to be renamed Cranberry Flavoured WATA.

2009
Wendy’s, Dominoes, Haagen-Dazs

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2010
First locally produced energy drink

Wisynco began to manufacture and distribute the first locally produced energy drink BOOM. In March of that year, the company announced it will be the exclusive distributor of the world’s leading energy drink Red Bull. By December, Wisynco announced that they would be the exclusive bottlers and distributors for the Coca Cola products.

2012
17 year relationship

Wisynco ended a 17 year relationship with Ocean Spray cranberry juices.

2013
William Mahfood was appointed the new Chairman

Joseph Mahfood retired as Chairman, and Andrew Mahfood was appointed CEO ~ William Mahfood was appointed the new Chairman.

2014
Purchased fifty percent share

Wisynco purchases a fifty percent share in United Estates Ltd & Trade Winds Citrus Ltd.

2015
50 years of existence

The Wisynco Group celebrates 50 years of existence.

2016
Warehouse destroyed by fire

On May 26th, the Wisynco Distribution warehouse is destroyed as a fire raged through the entire space.

2017
Moves back to Lakes Pen warehouse

In July 2017, the operations team moves back to its Lakes Pen warehouse after 14 months of servicing customers using multiple warehouses and difficult logistical issues. The new warehouse is larger and will allow Wisynco to meet further customer demands into the future.

In November 2017, Wisynco intends to sell its shares to the public for the first time.

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