LOCAL FIRM Alcor Limited copped the prestigious BID (Business Initiative Direction) International Quality Summit Award at a ceremony held in New York, last week.
The quality award was designed to recognise companies worldwide for their commitment to quality and excellence, and is the first major achievement for Alcor - known throughout the Caribbean for high-quality production of windows and doors.
"It is a proud moment for the company," company president Courtney Wilkinson told The Gleaner last week.
"We base everything we do on quality and we seek to let our customers have a quality experience, and it was quite fitting for such a huge international convention recognising our work."
tested and proven
According to Wilkinson, his company's work came to the attention of the adjudicators after the completion of a project in Bermuda, which they followed up with visits to Jamaica to observe the company's operation.
Alcor began operations in 2003, bringing to the local market a tested and proven PVC (vinyl) window and door system engineered to North American standards and manufactured at the company's plant on Shortwood Road in St Andrew.
According to Wilkinson, every Alcor window and door is steel reinforced and fusion welded for strength. Alcor produces a line of windows with both ease of operation and versatility of style. These include casement, projecting, sliding and single-hung windows and sliding and swing patio door systems. Their product line also includes arches and architectural shapes.
The entire product line is assured by the company's comprehensive 'Limited Lifetime Warranty' transferable from builders to homeowners upon purchase.
As a result of increasing demand for its products by local developers, Alcor expanded its original plant in 2005 from 17,000 sq ft to 50,000 sq ft. This expansion included additional raw-material storage, glazing areas and two additional production lines.
The company has won contracts to provide windows and doors for some of the largest developers and hotels in Jamaica and throughout the region, including Cayman, The Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean.
"I started the company after I saw the need for higher quality service and have continued to improve the company's product offerings," added Wilkinson.
This, he said, would not have been possible without the dedicated contribution of his team of 65 highly trained sales, production and installation employees.
Alcor is preparing to expand operations to Montego Bay, St James with plans to open a branch there in the coming weeks. There are also plans to set up a presence in disaster-ravaged Haiti.