Roseau, Dominica: Regional paint manufacturer and retailer, Harris Paints, has reinvented the way they make paint. An advanced new patent-pending paint system and colour platform has been launched around the Region, most recently in Anguilla, St Vincent, Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica and St Kitts and Nevis – which produces brand’s best ever product performance.

This new proprietary platform, called Quantum i12 Technology, is good news for local decorators and contractors alike. As a result of this latest innovation, Harris Paints attests to bolder, brighter colours which cover in fewer coats, and have been independently proven to result in exceptional long-lasting exterior fade resistance, especially in shades typically most vulnerable to the sun, such as reds and oranges.

What is more, with this new tech, potential supply issues should be vastly reduced. Colour Technology Manager for Harris Paints, Don Gooding explained, “the new system allows store staff to tint any colour from any brand using just one base. This is virtually unheard of in the industry, where most paint stores operate on a traditional tint system that requires at least four (4) bases to ensure they can tint the colour that customers want. This often results in colours being unavailable when stocks of a particular base run out, or in bad matches from trying to force a colour into an available base. Our platform reimagines and simplifies the whole paint process and in the end the customer benefits from these new efficiencies”.

The new tint system that is reshaping the paint experience, both in front of and behind paint counters around the region, first became a key initiative for Harris in 2018. It brings together engineering, chemistry, colour science, pigments and special formulations to produce better than ever colour results for customers.

Tinters across the region have been impressed with their system and the specialized new tint machines from Italy that are used, giving rave reviews for their ease of operation and reliability. Naturally there can be some doubts as first. Lead Tinter, Leslie Warner from TDC in St Kitts, expressed he was nervous that pastel colours might come out too light, but after seeing how the whole system worked, he was very pleased with results.

Harris Paints worked closely alongside several international partners to harness and adapt emerging technologies to develop the superior, new colour system that is applied from factory to in-store environments. The research and development team was led by Vice President of Technical Services and Innovation, Charles Kirton who has been the man behind Harris Paints formulations for 40 years. Kirton was the first to see the opportunity and has been credited with an international patent for creating a formulation key to the colour process.

Innovation is not new to Harris Paints. The brand, which is celebrating over 50 years of coating the Caribbean, has been a leading authority in emulsion technology introducing at least a dozen ground-breaking product innovations across the region over the years.

“At Harris innovation is in our DNA” claims CEO Kenyon. “In our 50th year, it’s tremendous to both celebrate all that has been accomplished and to look forward to an exciting future based on this new colour technology platform. It delivers such significant benefits we expect it will likely lead to a significant step change in the future of the industry.

The first of the next generation one-base products currently available from leading dealers are Harris Paints’ top sellers and high-quality emulsions: Ulttima Plus Flat, Satin and Porch & Patio paints.

Consumers and contractors around the Region that may not traditionally be Harris users are encouraged to try the paints from this new system for themselves and see the difference that Quantum i12 is making in terms of real-life performance.

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, August 1, 2023 – Dedication, meritorious service, and outstanding achievements were celebrated at the elegant TDC Staff Awards Gala, held under its 50th anniversary theme, “Your Neighbour, Your Partner, Your Future” at the St. Kitts Marriot Resort, on Saturday 29 July 2023.

The impressive formal standalone activity was attended by over four hundred staff from across the company and saw the presentation of awards to one hundred and twenty-five (125) employees for five (5) to fifty (50) years of dedicated service.

In keeping with TDC’s mandate to put employees first, staff also got an opportunity to nominate their peers for the Impact Awards, while the Employee of the Year Awards, named in honour of former and current employees, were nominated by Management. One hundred and nine (109) nominees were received for the Impact Awards and fifty-three (53) for the Employee of the Year Awards.

The winners of the Impact Award were as follows:

Rising Star, Nikeisha Howe, TDC Group Purchasing Department

Making A Difference in Our Community, Dominic Matthew, Client Relations and Marketing Department

Going Beyond the Call of Duty, Francisco Benjamin, TDC Airline Services Limited

Punctuality and Attendance Award, Octavia Caines, TDC Home and Building Depot (St. Kitts)

The winners of the Employee of the Year Award were:

Jacques A Cramer Employee of The Year

Winner Fernando ‘T.C.’ Greene, TDC Home and Building Depot (St. Kitts)

Runner Up Trecia Pemberton-Browne, Human Resource Officer, Human Resources Department

D. Michael Morton Employee of The Year Award for Sales Excellence

Winner Ira Bertie, Project and Field Officer, TDC Home and Building Depot (Nevis)

Runner Up Janell Dias-Jones, TDC Insurance Company Limited (St. Kitts)

Barbara Farrell Memorial Employee of the Year Award for Service Excellence

Winner Dominic Matthew, Marketing Assistant, Client Relations and Marketing Department

Runner Up Natasha Bristol, Head Cashier, TDC Home and Building Depot (Nevis)

Three (3) employees, Duan Belle (Enterprise Risk), Atisha Byron (TDC Insurance Company Limited) and Wayne Woodley (TDC Financial Services Company Limited) were rewarded for their contribution to the introduction of new initiatives in their respective departments that would increase productivity and efficiency.

Consistent with TDC’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, former TDC Chairman and now Board Director, Mr. D. Michael Morton CBE, JP was recognized for his fifty (50) years of sterling stewardship.

The all-inclusive TDC event featured Warren C Tyson Memorial Alumni Scholars, Mr. Crios Freeman, Techelle McClean, the host and hostess, and Wesleyan Holiness Pastor Reverend Renicia Huggins, who delivered an inspiring keynote address, reminding staff of the importance of corporate and family values.

Everyone was in high spirits throughout the night where staff won giveaways and prizes, and participated in the cultural presentations from EBJ Harmonics, the Okolo Tegremantine Dance Theatre, and Sylvester’s Masquerades, and musical entertainment by D J Wett Dutt and the New Horizons Band.

Picture – Mr. Earle Kelly, TDC Chairman/CEO presenting Mr. Fernando ‘T.C.’ Greene of the TDC Home and Building Depot (St. Kitts) with the Jacques A Cramer Employee of the Year Award at the TDC Staff Golden Gala

About The St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Trading and Development Company Limited (TDC)

TDC is the parent entity of several diversified companies. It was incorporated in 1973, having acquired the trading and other assets of J. W. Thurston and Company Limited and H. F. Wildy and Company Limited. The TDC Group of Companies is currently involved in retail, financial services, shipping, real estate and travel services.

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Contractors, architects, engineers, and property managers for across St. Kitts participated in “Building Better and Stronger Structures Seminar, jointly organized by the TDC Home and Building Depots in partnership with the Barbados based, Structural Systems Limited.

The two-hour session that also included staff from the retail store, was facilitated by a three-member team that comprised Mr. Nick Branson, Sales, and Estimating Manager/Director, Rakina King, Estimator at Structural Systems Limited and Nasiyr Harper, BRC West Indies Sales and Marketing Manager.

The highly interactive presentations focused primarily on Building with a Caribbean and Climate Smart Mindset from the Ground Up, 21st Technology Construction, and Building Structures that Last A Lifetime.

Participants used the open forum to share their own professional experiences with the experts and sought advice on building design, construction costs, the impact of technology on construction, and hurricane resilient structures.

The seminar forms part of the company’s Eduseries Programme, which is a series of product development and training workshops specifically designed to enhance customer experiences.

Picture – Attendees listening to Mr. Nick Branson, Sales and Estimating Manager/Director at the Barbados based Structural Systems Limited