Banks DIH seeks Re­lief Coun­cil prop­erty for ex­pan­sion

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Banks DIH Lim­ited is ac­tively seek­ing to ac­quire the prop­erty which cur­rently houses the Guyana Re­lief Coun­cil to fa­cil­i­tate its con­tin­u­ing ex­pan­sion since its cur­rent op­er­a­tions have out­grown Thirst Park.

“In keep­ing with vi­sion of Banks DIH to move with the times, we will re­quire space… there is just too much hap­pen­ing at Thirst Park and we don’t have the space to ex­pand. We are plan­ning for the year 2030, [so] we are ask­ing the pow­ers that be, to please ac­tively con­sider our re­quest to ac­quire the prop­erty next door, where we hope to con­tinue our ex­pan­sion pro­gram. We are will­ing to of­fer al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion at an­other suit­able site with­out any dis­lo­ca­tion of cur­rent op­er­a­tions,” Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor Ge­orge McDon­ald said yes­ter­day.

McDon­ald was at the time speak­ing at the open­ing of the com­pany’s New Ve­hi­cle Work­shop, lo­cated at the Carib­anks fa­cil­ity obliquely op­po­site Thirst Park.

The “prop­erty next door” re­ferred to by McDon­ald is oc­cu­pied by the Guyana Re­lief Coun­cil, which is lo­cated be­tween the new Ve­hi­cle Work­shop and the Banks DIH park­ing lot on the west­ern side of the Ruimveldt Public Road. He ex­plained that over the last two years, G$110 mil­lion had been spent to develop the north­ern side of the Carib­anks com­plex into a 36,000 square foot work­shop to pro­vide tech­ni­cal sup­port for the com­pany’s fleet of 500 ve­hi­cles.

The prop­erty, which once be­longed to the Min­istry of Public Works’ Plant Main­te­nance Di­vi­sion, was ac­quired by Banks in 2001 and its de­vel­op­ment ac­cel­er­ated once it was rec­og­nized that the ac­tiv­i­ties at Thirst Park had out­grown the avail­able space.

McDon­ald fur­ther ex­plained that since 2004, the com­pany has been ac­tively draft­ing plans to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­vi­sion of clean and re­li­able en­ergy and has so far con­structed spe­cialised gen­er­a­tion fa­cil­i­ties. Cur­rently, the work­shop is lo­cated on the same lot as the 10 megawatt gen­er­at­ing plant that en­ables Banks DIH to op­er­ate in­de­pen­dent of the na­tional grid.

The com­pany, how­ever, is still ac­tively pur­su­ing the de­vel­op­ment of al­ter­na­tive en­ergy so as to re­duce its car­bon foot­print.

The Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment plant, a re­quire­ment of the Coca Cola Com­pany, and the Waste Plas­tic Treat­ment fa­cil­ity, are also lo­cated on this lot. Waste plas­tic gen­er­ated from the man­u­fac­ture of PET con­tain­ers and dam­aged plas­tic de­com­mis­sioned by the com­pany are chipped and crushed at this plant be­fore be­ing sent off to re­cy­cling plants over­seas.

Min­is­ter of State Joseph Har­mon, speak­ing af­ter McDon­ald, noted that while he was “not the power that be,” he had heard the re­quest and was sure that the com­pany and gov­ern­ment can work to­gether to achieve a rea­son­able out­come.

He hailed the com­pany’s in­vest­ment in the fa­cil­ity as a sign of its con­fi­dence in the lo­cal econ­omy and stressed that Banks DIH has al­ways been a model of in­no­va­tion and en­ter­prise, as well as an ex­pert at adap­ta­tion, ad­just­ing to changes and al­ways seem­ing to pre­vail, develop and grow.

He fur­ther con­grat­u­lated the com­pany for pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to one hun­dred per­sons and train­ing for young en­gi­neers study­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Guyana and the Guyana Tech­ni­cal In­sti­tute.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the min­is­ter en­cour­aged the com­pany to pur­sue its at­tempts to retro­fit its fa­cil­i­ties to op­er­ate on so­lar power.

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