Expansion in the works for Caribbean LED Lighting
Caribbean LED Lighting is expanding its local operations, with plans to boost its exports to the region.
That disclosure came as the company officially launched a line of lighted furniture during a mix and mingle session attended by restaurant and bar owners, entertainers and other stakeholders.
The main feature of the furniture, which is made of polyethylene plastic, is that it changes colour. The range of items includes chairs, stools, and bar tables.
Chief executive officer Gerard Borely said the introduction of the new line is a part of the company’s expansion plan.
In 2013, it expanded its Lower Estate, St Michael facility, doubling its floor space. But Borely said the five-year-old company is now running out of space and is preparing to move to a new facility within the next few months.
“I can’t say [where] just yet because we are still in negotiations, but we are looking to double our space,” he told Barbados TODAY.
Caribbean LED Lighting produces about 1,000 bulbs per day and employs 30 full-time staff members and between 40 and 50 part-time workers depending on production needs. It currently exports to 16 countries.
Borely said in addition to continued expansion in Barbados, more time would be spent on developing the distribution markets.
Business development manager T’amor Skeete disclosed that the company has so far supplied over 5,000 LED street lights to companies in Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, Guyana, Nevis, Suriname and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
It is hoped that by the end of this year, Caribbean LED Lighting can increase that number to more than 50,000 a year, once it moves to a bigger facility.