New beginnings for Superior Concrete after controversial start up

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Despite a rocky start to its operations which saw two of its principals being expelled from Guyana, Superior Concrete continues to lead the charge in developing what it now brands as a “safe and responsible concrete company” here.

The company, which was initially incorporated by three foreigners who began to set up the plant without the requisite permissions, said on Friday that Logistics GY Express, a 100 percent owned Guyanese company, is now its local partner.

Logistics GY Express’ Managing Director, Randy Wade, is a re-migrant from Canada.

Flashback: Construction is ongoing at the illegal concrete facility adjacent to South Ruimveldt Gardens. The photo shows the Concrete Batching Plant and a MMC heavy duty truck. Also in the photograph (inset) is Ian Jones, one of the directors of the company (Photo: News Room/May 07, 2021)

In a statement, the company also noted that it has moved its plant from the previous location in Houston Estates and removed Austin Shamlin, the man who was aggressive to local authorities, as a Director.

Their operations is now at McDoom, East Bank Demerara.

“The plant is a fully enclosed design utilizing advanced lasering technology, which monitors the quality of the air in order to ensure air pollutants, primarily cement dust, are captured within the ‘silo’ filter system,” the statement noted.

Superior Concrete said it is in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standards and will put Guyana on the map as having the most state-of-the-art concrete batching plant in the Caribbean.

Beyond mitigating the hazards posed by cement dust, Superior Concrete, Inc. will also utilise a recycling system for excess concrete and wastewater, which will be repurposed and reused.

Superior Concrete has also started building local capacity through their apprenticeship programme for batch plant operators – a profession uncommon in Guyana. Furthermore, the company has partnered with other local suppliers to provide trucks for their operations.

“Under its new leadership, Superior Concrete has been working with the appropriate agencies to achieve compliance. As it stands, the company has obtained permits issued by NIS and GRA, and have had their EPA notice published. The company will commence operations once they receive final approval from Central Housing and Planning Committee through the Mayor and City Council. This comes after the company received confirmation that their application for outline planning permission to establish their Concrete Batching Plant at a plot of land at the South-Eastern portion of Plate Area GIL2, Plantation Rome, Greater Georgetown, was deemed suitable for the proposed development by the CH&PA Planning Authority on the 23 September 2021,” the statement further noted.

Superior Concrete says it looks forward to working and partnering with all relevant stakeholders in Guyana to ensure the long-term viability of the venture.

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