Location Spotlight: Namilco Guyana

Affiliate: Namilco

Location: Georgetown, Guyana

Year opened: 1969

Website: https://www.namilco.com

Products/Services offered by Namilco:

  • Wheaten Flour sold under two main brands Thunderbolt flour (bakers and all purpose) and Maid Marian, which comprises a range of convenient mixes reflecting indigenous recipes, like Roti Mix, Pholourie Quick Mix and Parsad Mix.
  • Health line products e.g. Multigrain flour, Toasted Wheat Germ, Creamed Wheat –Up baby cereal
  • Prepared animal feed

Describe a normal day at Namilco – Activities, shifts, how does the product move along the production line, etc.

The mill is located on the bank of the Demerara River and receives raw material via ocean going vessels from USA and Canada.  These vessels berth at Namilco’s dock on the river and are unloaded via suction or grabs.

Production is done in three eight hour shifts, with the mill operating 24 hours per day, five days per week and scheduled maintenance on Saturdays. Packing is done on two 12-hour shifts per day.  The mill has a capacity of 240 tons per 24 hours.

Deliveries are mainly from the mill to customers who pick up at the location and a network of distributors who truck produce to designated geographical areas. Distributors are used mainly to capture markets in the areas not covered by the wholesalers and to market all our range of products. The Distributors are offered discounted prices to retail at the factory price.

Some products are delivered from a remote warehouse in Lethem, near the Brazil border. There are exports via trucks, containers or ships mainly to Brazil, Suriname and the Caribbean.

How many employees/collaborators work at Namilco?

There are 125 full time employees in addition to casuals who assist with projects and vessel unloading.

What are the typical daily challenges Namilco faces?

Guyana receives torrential rains which often impact outdoor activities like wheat discharge, thus making secure covered storage of significant importance.

There is traffic congestion on the access roads, and limited space for offices and warehouse given growth and expansion over the years

What is the latest project or improvement Namilco went through?

Namilco upgraded the headhouse and installation of scales for better raw material handling.  They also upgraded wharf to provide safe mooring for larger (19K tons) vessels (140 meters by 25 meters), and to facilitate changes from unloading using suction to unloading using grabs, thereby saving energy.

Are there any new projects developing in Namilco?

Plans are being made for the installation of a new mill to increase production capacity to 300 MT per day and further save on energy.  This is expected to be commissioned before the 50th anniversary celebration in May 2019.

What makes Namilco unique or different from others?

Namilco offers a unique range of differentiated products tailored to the needs of the Guyanese consumer.  The operation strives to meet all customer needs no matter the size of the orders

What was the last social event, gathering, or celebration at Namilco?

A Family Fun Day was held on August 5, which is a yearly event for the staff and their families. It is co-sponsored by the company and the in-house Sports Club. The event is usually held at one of the many water parks in the region and everybody gets a change to let their hair down and have fun.

A holiday party in was also hosted in January where staff and customers socialize and take the opportunity to present long service awards to employees.

 

 

How’s life in Guyana? Weather, economy, infrastructure, traffic, government, society, etc.?

It’s hot 365 days of the year with two seasons – wet and dry.

Oil was recently discovered in the area, drilling should commence in 2020.

There is a need for new and improved infrastructure including roads and bridges. Vehicles have outgrown the available roads in and around the city, causing daily traffic jams.

Politicians cause the people to be divided by race.

What is special about Georgetown, Guyana? Touristic spots or interesting things to see, etc.

Georgetown is known as the land of many waters; it is in an amazing location for ecotourism, characterized by large rivers, rain forests, and cultural diversity.

Located on the Potaro River in the Kaieteur National Park is Kaieteur Falls, the world’s largest single drop waterfall by volume of water measuring 741 ft. high.

The amazon rainforest is home to many indigenous people who are careful to preserve their culture and live in harmony with their environment. There are many interesting species of animals including manatees, giant turtles, giant otters, toucans, jaguars, pumas, tapirs, caimans, variety of fish, amphibians and reptiles, many of them endemic to Guyana.

Guyana is made up of great cultural diversity, comprising Indo and Afro-Guyanese food, traditions of the indigenous Amerindian groups, and the influence of the neighbor countries of Brazil and Suriname. Former Dutch, British and French occupation results in unique, architecture, street and village names and layout of communities. The capital, Georgetown, is below sea level and protected by a seawall and network of canals (reflecting the Dutch influence), creating a unique and green ambiance.