He said the new facility would reduce any bio-security risk factors faced by his company’s customers. Currently, Jamaica Broilers Group has to truck baby chicks from its International Poultry Breeders Hatchery in Iowa to the east coast. The facility in Pennsylvania will reduce delivery mileage by an average of 500 to 600 miles. “This investment will position the Jamaica Broilers Group to respond to the needs of our expanded customer base and facilitate growth in the USA and Canada,” said Levy.
“I want to thank the Ministry of Agriculture for its quick and positive response to our request for an export permit to allow us to ship relief supplies of food, including Best Dressed Chicken products,” he continued. “We are also in discussion with our customers who have been left destitute, to see how we may assist them individually. Jamaica has benefited from the kindnesses of people around the world when we have been affected by storms and hurricanes, so it is our turn to show God’s love and care. “Our members of staff locally and regionally will be playing their part by conducting a clothing drive to assist the hurricane victims. This is how we intend to show love to our neighbours,” Salmon said.
Together with residents, the volunteers worked with high energy throughout the morning. In the end, the appreciation for their efforts was evident in the expressions of gratitude from the many people who live and work on the beach. Camille Cheese, President of the Old Harbour Bay Community Development Association, noted that limited resources often hinder the effectiveness of the community's cleanup efforts. “When we get outside support we have a much better result. We are truly thankful that The Best Dressed Chicken has shown such interest in us and gathered so many people who have dedicated their time to help us care for the place that gives us our livelihood,” she said. The cleanup project also had a legacy component with The Best Dressed Chicken donating garbage drums to facilitate recycling. Lackesha Pitter, Sponsorship and Promotions Coordinator, The Best Dressed Chicken, said she was pleased with the turnout as well as the results, “We all know the saying, 'a rising tide lifts all boats'. What we did today was very empowering for everyone who participated. We are happy that our partners believed in this project as much as we did." The beach cleanup follows a series of consultations with the Old Harbour Bay residents and aligns with the environmental sustainability approach of The Best Dressed Chicken’s parent company Jamaica Broilers.
“When the investment is assessed over the period from 2005 to now, it shows a positive return to our shareholders on their investment.” Parsard noted. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Charles Chambers, director of West Indies Petroleum Limited, described the sale as “a tremendous transaction between his company, the Jamaica Broilers Group, UC Rusal and Windalco”. He said the negotiations were held over an extended period, but the acquisition was the right fit for his company to be one of the main players in bunkering in Jamaica, the region and internationally. Chambers said currently West Indies Petroleum Limited fuels cruise ships which call at the ports on the north coast. However, the current acquisition will allow for the refueling of larger cruise liners such as Carnival and Royal Caribbean, as well as large container ships such as Zim. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, who participated in the signing, endorsed the divestment, pointing out that it will broaden the reach of the Jamaican refueling company, especially with the opening of the upgraded Panama Canal and the expected increase in the number of ships passing through the Jamaican shores. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
In light of the massive aid from the poultry company, Brown, though grateful, said more is needed and is appealing for additional assistance. More classrooms are needed. At the moment five of those classrooms are each hosting 60 students. She listed the need for a sick bay, a library, a computer room and an office for the guidance councilor, as some of the things most pressing. Such an undertaking is part of the JB Group core philosophy, said GeAnne Dwyer, brand officer, Best Dressed Chicken. “Part of our mandate is to promote healthy lifestyles. We are very family oriented and we want to develop persons from where they are; institutions from where they are and make a solid impact wherever we go,” said Dwyer. Every aspect that can contribute to improved learning was assessed. And even having a beautiful flower garden is believed to have a positive impact in this regard. “The guys who are here are experienced in this area. We have our sales reps who are agronomists and they have come in to help us. It’s a lot of work but we are going to ensure that the environment in which the children are going to play in this courtyard is beautiful for them,” explained Hi-Pro’s store operations manager Tricia Jackson. “We have to make sure that the plants we choose are hardy and can take the roughness because children play hard. We also have to choose plants that will not prick the children. And then you have to make sure that you have something in the middle of it that will make it standout.” What was also evident on the day was the commitment of the staff, which Cameron believes is what makes the project seamless and fulfilling. But, the work is only the start of a new beginning with the school she stated. “We are establishing a relationship with the school and we’ve already started dialogue about sustaining this: how the children will become involved in keeping this alive. “Whether their environmental committee will start to look at the plants and encourage other students to take care of the space. “We spoke about a male teacher empowering the boys in the bathroom area. How does a man handle his bathroom facilities? We don’t destroy, we build up. “We may not finish everything today but we’re coming back and working with the school through the year,” she said. Visit our Facebook page to view more Labour Day images. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
“We have a soft spot for schools…because we recognize the value of education to the society,” he said. Nadia Hansel, principal of the school was most grateful for the help, as the poor state of the facility had seen a reduction is the number of pupil attending, moving from a high of over 40 to now 32. “This is very important because of the previous state we were in we started having low attendance. Parents were taking their kids from the school into other schools. But after today we are hoping to see an increase in registration come September,” said Hansel, who has been at the school for 15 years, serving the last two as principal. She’s also appealing for additional help. “One of the requirements from the Early Childhood Commission is that we’re suppose to have a play area for the children but unfortunately we do not have one, so if we could get persons to come on board to give us a nice play area for the kids that will be great,” Hansel said. This year’s Labour Day activities will be held on May 23. Labour Day is a national holiday in Jamaica. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
The company further stated its contract farmers are expanding their operations and, at the end of the first half of this year, are scheduled to invest over J$700 million in additional poultry houses. “The Best Dressed Chicken has commissioned an additional hatchery, which has given the company the ability to further respond to the growing demand. In addition, a double shift system has been introduced at The Best Dressed Chicken processing plant,” the release continued. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
“Just like how Spring Village is home to Best Dressed Chicken, McCook Pen is home to the Jamaica Broilers head office. So we go out in the community there and meet the elderly and shut-ins right at their front doors and we give them a care package, which is usually a half of a Best Dressed Chicken, rice flour, staples like that; maybe a few canned goods. And we take time to just catch-up and say ‘how you do?’ “Again some of the people who work at McCook Pen are resident or have family in the community. So it’s always nice to see people hug up and say ‘how you doing?’; so it’s a good old reunion… and you know some of the best stories come from the people living in the area because they’ve worked for the company and they can tell you when Mr (Robert) Levy was a boy, so it’s just lovely to share stories with them,” JBG PR Officer said. Click this link to LIKE US ON FACEBOOK