Armstrong Agencies Ltd. is celebrating its silver jubilee this year.
It turned 25 on Thursday, November 1 and while the company, which offers a full import, wholesale, distribution and marketing service has grown tremendously over the years, it has also experienced its share of bumps along the way.
However, while delivering the feature address at the company’s dinner and awards ceremony at Mahogany Ridge, on Thursday, Director of Sales and Marketing at Armstrong Agencies Ltd., Andy Armstrong, declared that the rough seas, high winds and big waves have all made the journey a challenging and exciting venture.
“It brings out your creativity and strength. We have shown that we can keep going forward even if we zigzag a bit in between. Regardless of the storms, economic or otherwise, we have done it for 25 years, and I am confident that if we keep on course, we will do it for the next 25 years,” Armstrong said.
As he shared some of the company’s history, the Director of Sales and Marketing said Armstrong Agencies was born in a small building on Fontabelle next to Kensington Oval. That building is now the box office for cricket tickets.
“That’s where we started 25 years ago, and where we lived for the first 12 years of our existence. It’s about 8, 000 square feet of warehouse, and 100 square feet of office. We made the office inside of the warehouse because it was an old building… and it had a very small yard. But when you see our old building you would appreciate how far we have come in 25 years,” he told those in attendance.
Armstrong Agencies Ltd.’s home is now a two and a half acre site at Lower Estate, St George, with 22, 000 square feet of warehouse and 9,000 square feet of office space.
The director thanked past and present staff members for their contribution towards the growth and development of the company, and helping achieve its goals over the years.
“We are well respected and we are seen as one of the pillars of Barbadian corporate business,” he said.
A number of employees, including “veterans” with the company, were awarded for their outstanding service, dedication and commitment. (AH)