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ANSA boss: T&T needs building code enacted

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Gold Winner of ABEL’s “The strongest of them all dealer promotion” Krishan Ramlagan, left, of Ramlagan’s General Hardware and Electrical receives a plaque and cheque from group chairman and chief executive ANSA McAL Group of Companies A Norman Sabga, during ABEL’s awards and appreciation function at the Jaffa Restaurant in Port-of-Spain, on September 18th, 2015. Also in photo is managing director of ABEL Building Solutions Craig La Croix. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES

Group chairman and chief executive, ANSA McAL Group of Companies Norman Sabga called for T&T’s building code to be implemented so that the country can have stronger buildings on September 18th, 2015

He said: “Hopefully the new government, when it settles in, would enact the new governance code. I think it is important that we do have buildings at certain standards because when we do have a disaster, if we do not have the standards in place, as has happened in Haiti, they would be a huge magnitude.”

Sabga was speaking at the awards and appreciation luncheon to announce the winners of the “Strongest of them all” promotion hosted by ABEL Building Solutions Ltd at the Jaffa Restaurant, Queens Park Oval, Port-of-Spain. ABEL is also the recipient of the large manufacturer of the year award 2014, which it received from the T&T Manufacturers Association at its President and Awards Dinner in March.

Referring to the ABEL plant, Sabga said the plant, which is located in Longdenville, is capable of producing 60 million clay blocks a year.

Managing director of ABEL Craig La Croix said in 2012, the company sold 25 million blocks, but is projected to sell more than twice that figure in 2015 with a workforce of 105 employees.

La Croix underlined the importance of the company’s carbon footprint.

“Our natural gas consumption for producing 100 per cent more clay blocks has been reduced by 31 per cent, which makes us competitive in the international market.”

La Croix, who sits on the Bureau of Standards committee for clay, said the last time the standards were reviewed was in 1986.

“Over the last three years we have worked with stakeholders, engineers, architects that form part of the committee and we had a structure for the new code that we expect to come out this year,” he said.

The company also presented $250,000 to first-place winner Krishna Ramlagan of Ramlagan’s hardware for meeting the target by selling 93,600 blocks.

Second-place winner was Premraj Rambally of Bhagwansingh’s hardware, which sold 37,400 blocks with $175,000 while in third place was Randy Akin of CJ Lumber Hardware for selling 31,200 blocks.

Taken from: Trinidad Guardian
Photo by: Marcus Gonzales
Date: Friday 18th September, 2015
Link: http://www.guardian.co.tt/business/2015-09-18/ansa-boss-tt-needs-building-code-enacted