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One of the most important companies in Jamaica, Jamaica Premix Limited (JPM), since it was incorporated in 1959, has established itself as the leading supplier of ready mixed concrete and aggregates throughout the island. We spoke with Managing Director John Valentine regarding this proudly Jamaican company. WRITTEN BY JACK SLATER

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“Currently we have sixty one concrete mixer trucks, twelve concrete boom pumps, five fixed concrete plants equipped with computerized, state-ofthe-art batch management systems,” John tells us, “And fully equipped laboratories for the testing of concrete. Additionally, there are portable concrete batching plants capable of handling onsite jobs wherever they may be.”

JPM

’s plants are strategically located across

View, Kingston; and Agualta Vale, St. Mary. These plants are designed

the island - from Kingston in the east

for the production of washed sand and stone to ASTM specifications,

to Negril in the west, for customer

from natural riverbed sources. They have an overall production

convenience and they offer a comprehensive product range which

capability in excess of 800 metric tonnes per hour. JPM’s aggregates

includes ready mixed concrete, for which they have over 150 mix

meet American (ASTM), British (BSS) and Jamaican standards. The

designs, light weight concrete, coloured concrete, air entrained

crushing plants are equipped with belt scales, which can provide daily

concrete, under water concrete, fibre concrete, waterproof concrete

production information. We are also an internationally tested and

and pumping service.

certified source of non-skid aggregates. For international customers,

“Our products and services are utilized in construction projects diverse in size and nature, including residential, commercial and industrial buildings, hotels, bauxite and alumina plants,” John adds.

loading facilities are available for ocean bound ships and barges.

The Projects

The five fixed concrete plants are strategically located across the

Since its incorporation the company has made its mark throughout

island, from Kingston in the east to Negril in the west, for customer

the length and breadth of Jamaica, undertaking wide-ranging projects

convenience. In addition, there are portable concrete batching plants

in just about every sector, some of the major projects that it has

capable of handling onsite jobs regardless of location. The fixed

poured for include the highest standard of hotels including the Ritz

batching plants are equipped with computerized, state of the art

Carlton, Riu Hotels, Intercontinental, and Holiday Inn. Commercial

batch management systems.

buildings like LOJ’s twin towers, Island Life’s office complex, Citibank

The aggregate plants are located at Yallahs, St. Thomas; Harbour

and the Bank of Nova Scotia, public infrastructure projects like

Our products and services are utilized in construction projects diverse in size and nature, including residential, commercial and industrial buildings, hotels, bauxite and alumina plants.”


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the Kingston Public Hospital,

projects in the Grand Cayman and the Dominican Republic by way

trained and certified by the

The

of

of utilising its equipment and manpower,” John mentions, “Jamaica

National Ready Mixed Concrete

the West Indies Private Wing,

Pre-Mix Concrete Limited is a member of the National Ready Mixed

Association

The

Concrete Association, the Incorporated Master Builders Association

points out, “Our quality control

and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica.”

technicians

University Causeway,

Hospital

Highway

2000 and the expansion of

(NRMCA),” are

also

John highly

Norman Manley and Sangster’s

In 2008 Jamaica Pre-Mix Ltd entered into a joint venture with

experienced and competent and

International Airports. Not to

Lafarge of North America, and continued the operations of the

we focus keenly in customer

mention educational institutions,

aggregate division under the name Jamaica Aggregates Limited. The

service and our staff members

embassies and housing projects

concrete division then started trading under the name Jamaica Pre-

are

Mix Concrete Ltd.

customer service.”

up and down the length of the

trained

periodically

in

Although the local construction industry is currently moving

On the other end of the coin,

“It is noteworthy that Jamaica

through a depression, John is however cautiously optimistic some of

John recognizes the importance

Pre-Mix in collaboration with

the major projects will be materialized in 2014. And, to ensure that

of looking after the client and

other entities has undertaken

they are in position to take advantage of these projects Jamaica pre-

highlights that quality, reliability

Mix Ltd has always followed a

and service are the foundations

certain methodology regarding

that his company stands upon.

island.

“Ensuring that our customers

their employees. great

are provided with the best quality

emphasis on employee training

products and the best prices,

and as such ensure that our plant

that each customer receive their

managers are internationally

order in a timely manner and

“We

JPM seeks to strive for excellence in the execution of our business practices to ensure we remains viable and continue to deliver a high quality product in an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly manner”

have

placed


that our customers know they

taking place that will certainly

are the primary reason we have

shape

been in operation for over 50

company. These include a 360

years,” John lists, “This is how we

Megawatt Power Plant, a series

approach business by offering

of Low Income Housing projects

excellent customer service.”

and a Renewed Tourism Sector

“JPM seeks to strive for excellence

for

the

Development plan. JPM’s success over this past

of our business practices to

one half of a century is largely

ensure

viable

attributable to its loyal and

and continue to deliver a high

satisfied customers, dedicated

quality product in an efficient,

staff

safe

environmentally

management style and great

friendly manner,” he adds, “We

investment in the most advanced

will continue to invest in and

machinery and equipment.

and

the

future

execution

we

in

the

remains

members,

prudent

empower our human resource;

“Approaches like this are

ever mindful of our maxim -

what give this company the

quality, reliability and excellent

solid foundation it has,” John

service.”

concludes.

2014 is set to be a busy year with a host of major projects

5960 N.W. 99th Avenue, Unit 9 Doral, FL 33178 United States ICP MIAMI has been proudly serving the construction & mining industries for over 12 years, in which we have earned a reputation for excellent product quality, friendly customer service and distinguished technical support.

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