EDGECHEM IS THE ONLY EXCLUSIVELY JAMAICAN-OWNED PAINT MANUFACTURING COMPANY OFFERING A FULL LINE OF PRODUCTS.
A COLOURFUL MELLISSA MCHARGH, GENERAL MANAGER, EDGECHEM JAMAICA.
HISTORY Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Mellissa McHargh, General Manager of Edgechem Jamaica, about how a small furniture finish company started out in inner city Kingston, and grew into a successful brand.
Edgechem is a paint manufacturer and distributor based in Jamaica. Founded in 1990 in Kingston’s economically depressed Olympic Way community, the company started out manufacturing furniture finishes, later expanding to add automotive, industrial, and decorative lines. Over the course of these changes, Edgechem has grown from a two-employee operation into a large company with over 200 staff, three off-site warehouses, and 20 off-site retail stores. It is the only company in the Caribbean manufacturing a full automotive line of finishes. 32 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
In addition to manufacturing and distributing its own products, Edgechem is a distributor for the Dutch paint company AkzoNobel. The two firms’ products complement each other, and diversifying in this way gives Edgechem’s operations a degree of long-term security. WINDS OF CHANGE After starting out making furniture finishes, Edgechem grew steadily through the 1990’s and early 2000’s, developing industrial and automotive lines. Business was going