Rock Hard Cement Limited is anxiously awaiting the green light to resume construction of its storage facility at the Flour Mill site on Spring Garden Highway.
Operations Supervisor Darren Matthews said once the go-ahead is given the company would complete the structure within “a few days”.
“We intend to put up the next warehouse very soon inside as well, and both warehouses will be storing cement moving forward. So, we have a bright future ahead of us, but we are just waiting on everything to be finalized. Once everything is given a go we would get the warehouse up,” Matthews told journalists following a short tour of the facility late last week, after welcoming the latest shipment of cement with new packaging.
A case is pending in the Magistrate’s Court, in which Rock Hard Cement is accused of failure to comply with a Town & Country Planning notice to halt construction of the cement storage facility.
Last year, the Town & Country Planning Department took Rock Hard Cement to court, accusing it of breaching the notice which instructed that no further development takes place at the site. The company was also accused of carrying out, causing or giving permission for construction work and operations to be carried out on the properties while they were the occupiers, thereby contravening Section 40 B (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act, Chapter 240.
Shortly after, the courts granted the company a stay, blocking any further sanctions against it until its own appeal is heard in the High Court.
Shifting his attention to the performance of the cement company, Matthews said it continued to witness favourable sales and was still on course for expansion throughout the region.
“Business is doing well and sales are on the rise, so we are happy with where we stand right now and looking to do better as we go ahead,” he said, adding that the company would continue to expand in other countries.
Rock Hard Cement is currently being sold in Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Guyana.
“In each of these markets, sales are [going] exceptionally well and the customers are happy to have a new product and more choice,” Matthews said.
He said the construction sector was somewhat slow a few months ago, but was beginning to pick up again, and he expected even more improvement in the last quarter of the year and again in 2018 when the Sam Lord’s Castle project intensifies, and other projects get under way.
Matthews said Rock Hard Cement was not bothered by competition since customers were the ones who stood to benefit and they would know “which is the superior product and where they are getting the better results.
“The customers are very happy being able to have a choice now and everyone who has used Rock Hard is very pleased with the product . . . . The customers who are using Rock Hard Cement and using the mix ratio as we’ve suggested to them . . . are happy with the savings and quality they are receiving. So, we will continue to provide a superior product,” he added.