40 years in business, Rid O Pes eyes local, regional expansion with new int’l franchise
By Kurt Campbell
Rid O Pes Inc, a second-generation, Guyanese-owned pest control company is celebrating 40 years of remarkable service to the local market with the acquisition of a new international franchise and an ambitious plan to expand across Guyana and regionally.
Founded by the late Eric Clayborn Tucker on May 19 1983, the company has remained true to its purpose of providing quality pest control and hygienic services that are delivered on time and exceed the expectations of clients.
Already, Rid O Pes has expanded to offer environmentally conscious pest control services and on Thursday, during an anniversary cocktail reception at the Marriott Hotel, Kingston, the company announced its partnership with the world’s largest pest control franchise – ORKIN.
Orkin has more than 120 years of experience in the pest control industry, specializing in protection against common pests, including termites, rodents, and insects.
Speaking at the 40th-anniversary milestone event was the immediate past President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Timothy Tucker, who along with his brother Eric, has steered the company for the last 30-plus years.
Tucker, the youngest of five children, and CEO of Rid O Pes, said the last six years have brought the company to being local content certified with an expanded workforce and now in partnership with an international franchise.
Notwithstanding, he said the company remains 100 per cent owned with a full Guyanese workforce who will now benefit from considerable training and exchange of knowledge.
Putting into context 40 years of business, Tucker reflected on the vision of his father who used his knowledge of chemicals as a former worker of the state to start the pest control business.
The successes were proven in the awards handed out to employees who have been with the company for 10 and more years and clients, for more than 30 years.
Tucker said the family-owned business still takes pride in delivering the world-class service that has kept it over the last four decades.
He is excited that the new partnership allows for the expansion of the company outside of Guyana with the franchise also extending to neighbouring Suriname.
“With Orkin and Rid O Pes, there is no stopping us.
“Our experiences over the years make what we do fun, and exciting, why we have been in business for 40 years simply because we are committed to providing a service of the highest quality, the best standards, a reliable and dynamic service,” Tucker said.
“The future of our company is one of growth, expansion. We are committed to opening additional branches across Guyana and ensuring this level of service is brought to every community,” Tucker added.
Meanwhile, also speaking at the event was International Trade Director for Orkin, Ron Harrison.
He is happy about the partnership which quickly took shape following a recent meeting during the Pest World event in Boston last October.
Harrisson said there will be keen consideration for the environment, guaranteeing protection while also riding spaces of nuances.
And Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha has assured of government regulation for the sector in this regard.
He was joined by Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hugh Todd and Minister within the Ministry of Public Works, Deodat Indar.