Caribbean LED business continues to improve and expand

Jim Reid, CEO of Caribbean Led Lighting Inc taking Victoria Dean British High Commissioner to Barbados, and the Eastern Caribbean on a tour of the new location

By Nadia Brancker

Three years ago when CEO of Caribbean LED lighting (CLL) Jim Reid decided to manufacture LED bulbs in Barbados, he stated many people asked him why. His answer was why not and he reported “We presently export to 12 counties as far as England and we continue to recruit and expand in Barbados.

Yesterday was the official opening of their new location in Lower Estate, St Michael and according to Reid, “The move to a new larger factory and office space is a direct result of CLL’s continued success in Barbados and export markets. As the only accredited manufacturer of LED lighting in the Caribbean, CLL continues to grow its export market while taking a leading role in the local LED market.

The new facility provides the space to expand manufacturing and better serve our local and export customers. With distributors in Trinidad & Tobago , St. Lucia, St Vincent, Turks & Caicos, Puerto Rico and Suriname, CLL continues to earn much needed foreign exchange for Barbados while creating new ‘green collar’ jobs here in Barbados.

“The energy efficiency market (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE) markets continue to grow despite the current economic situation .CLL is addressing both these markets with high quality ‘made’ in Barbados ‘products backed by extensive warranties. We are excited about the future and the team of high calibre individuals who are making CLL a Bajan and Caribbean success story. We no longer have to import these products from the USA or elsewhere, we can make them just as good if not better right here,” said Reid.

He added, “I’m on a mission to take on the dragon this year, we can manufacture here in Barbados for the same cost they do in China and for a better quality.

CLL produces leading edge LED lighting for all types of applications. All our products are designed to be retrofitted into existing fixtures and will give you amazing lighting, in fact up to 85 percent saving on electricity consumed.

The CEO noted companies in Barbados are already noting the cost savings such as Hanschell Inniss, he also reiterated it is not business as usual and we are not stuck in only focusing on the recession but what other opportunities and markets we can tap into.


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