Business

KSAMC selling land to PA Benjamin Company plans to boost exports by up to 300%

BY CLAUDIENNE EDWARDS
Observer writer

Friday, June 16, 2017

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The pharmaceutical division of Benjamin PA Manufacturing Company Ltd, which has plans to significantly increase its stake in the export market, is in the process of acquiring land from the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) for expansion.

The KSAMC council meeting on Tuesday, June 13 passed a resolution for the sale of John's Lane between Charles Street and Beeston Street in downtown Kingston to PA Benjamin.

Outlining why the company wanted to buy the land, Vernon McLeod, chairman of the KSAMC's Finance Committee who moved the resolution, told the council that Benjamin's had plans to increase exports of its products by 300 per cent.

He said that the company also wanted to increase factory warehouse space from 29,000 square feet to 52,000 square feet. With the expansion, permanent staff employed by the company would move from 75 to 90, McLeod said.

The resolution, which was seconded by JLP Councillor Donovan Samuels (Tivoli division), stated that Benjamin's was prepared to pay market rates for the purchase. It was argued that the sale of the land would “not affect anyone else's property”.

The resolution also noted that the KSAMC's closure of the section of John's Lane to be sold to Benjamin's, would not “inconvenience the free movement of persons or vehicular traffic, throughout the community and its environs”.

PA Benjamin which was founded in 1879 was originally named Benjamin's Jamaica Healing Oil factory.

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