Indeed it was a phenomenal 2016 for the Wisynco Group Ltd. family. There were many highs, but they were accompanied by a few lows. Even though the challenges arose, we conquered them with our fighting spirit and we are able to say, thankfully, that it was a great year. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the year.
William Mahfood receives AMCHAM President’s Award
In October 2016, our very own CEO William Mahfood was honoured at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Civic and Business Leadership Awards and Gala. Mahfood was recognized for his role as Chairman of Wisynco Group of Companies, as well as, “business icon and philanthropist whose national service has spanned the private and public sectors”.
Wisynco rises after fire
On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Wisynco family experienced what was considered a significant setback to operations when a fire destroyed a substantial section of its Lakes Pen warehouse. We, however made many efforts, with the help of many, to ensure that operations continued to run smoothly. With employee welfare and customer satisfaction at the forefront, the company did not carry out any lay offs and product quantities were consistent. Wisynco showed resilience in a situation that would normally be considered a tragedy.
International Coastal Day Beach Clean Up
The Clean Coasts Project, led by The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), with the support of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has taken a stance in fighting poorly handled waste on a few of the nation’s beaches. Wisynco, along with other volunteers, retrieved and disposed discarded bottles, bottle caps, sandals and beer bottles, as well as, an array of other items like toilet bowls and old refrigerators, at Fisherman’s Beach, more popularly known as Hellshire Beach and Fort Rocky, Palisadoes. The Wisynco family was happy to be a part of this impactful response.
Wisynco takes steps to create environmentally friendly solution to styrofoam production
Wisynco Eco was created to make Jamaica a more environmentally considerate country by boosting green practices. To do this, we have forged ahead with recycling efforts, cleanups and the dispersal of knowledge about making Jamaica green. Another important step taken in 2016 was to reduce the percentage of styrofoam used to make our foam products by adding a more biodegradable component. This component significantly reduces the impact of Wisynco’s products on the environment.
Prime Minister’s visit to bottling and foam plant
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, toured Wisynco’s White Marl complex in St. Catherine on October 19th. The tour of the facility occurred on the heels of the Senate’s approval of Government Senator, Matthew Samuda’s motion to ban styrofoam and plastic bags, noting that the time it takes to degrade is too lengthy. The Prime Minister however commended Wisynco on finding ways to reduce the impact of our products on the environment, as well as the move to add a biodegradable component to its foam products.
Bigga new Bubble Gum flavor
Bigga introduced a fun, new flavour inspired by Brand Ambassador Tifa, aptly dubbed the Pink Bubble Gum flavour, in celebration of the brand’s 20th Anniversary. The flavour is described as colourful, bold and refreshing. Have you tried the Pink Bubble Gum Bigga?
Wata assists in Haiti relief after Hurricane Matthew
After the horrific effects of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti, Wisynco felt it was absolutely necessary to play a pivotal role in the relief efforts. A shipment of WATA was sent along with other items to the devastated island nation.
Wisynco and Petcom partner to collect plastic bottles
With a goal of collecting over 40,000 plastic bottles Wisynco and Phoenix Fuels, through the Petroleum Company of Jamaica (Petcom), encouraged employees and customers to drop off their bottles at Phoenix Fuels gas stations between December 16-17, 2016. The project collected about 46,000 bottles which were sent to Recycling Partners of Jamaica for processing.
New Domino’s and Wendy’s stores opened
To end the year on a note of positive growth, we are proud to say that Wisynco has successfully opened a new outlet to two of our fast food restaurant franchises. Domino’s started taking customers in their new store on Red Hills Road in November, and a new Wendy’s store was opened in December at the Village Plaza, Constant Spring Road. These new branches stand as great additions to the other 13 outlets for Domino’s and six outlets of Wendy’s across the island.