After several years of planning and overcoming obstacles timber harvesting company Lindar Industries is building inventory and hoping to start providing a growing product list to the local Bahamian market by mid-April this year.
Rob Roman, principal of Lindar Industries, which has a licence to harvest timber in the Bahamas, said they are presently working to provide product for some existing sales, which is made up of flooring and bead-board. Currently they are set to fulfill about 15,000 board feet in pre-sales.
“If pre-sales are any indication of the consumer confidence we’re going to have in the product, then I think things are going to go quite well,” he said.
Mr. Roman said Lindar, which has six direct employees at present, has moved into production on a temporary basis. “We set up some temporary facility, we’re still running that, but we’re moving into a warehouse where we are going to be setting up our permanent facilities which we just have to do some renovations to,” he added. The new warehouse will be located at the entrance to Snake Cay.
He said they have been somewhat hampered in their temporary location at being able to produce as much as they want but with the new facility they will have a much more streamlined operation.
Mr. Roman said that after they fulfill the current order they will begin to build their inventory as they seek to create interest in the products and provide stock to local hardware stores.
Mr. Roman said, “We’re trying to do some samples for the various things we intend to make, such as crown moldings, base boards, stair treads and door casings.”
Mr. Roman said they are presently doing harvesting themselves while hiring a local company to truck the lumber for them. He said they will look at hiring out harvesting of lumber in future.
Mr. Roman said they have worked closely with the Department of Forestry who suggested that Abaco was the ideal location for their operation. He said Abaco was chosen as more of the forest is located on Crown Land and it was generally seen that the trees were larger.
The venture began in 2010 and about one year later they hit a significant problem when their operation was raided by what is believed to have been scrap-metallers. The operation was robbed of over $100,000 of equipment and their future appeared to be uncertain. However, they stuck with the plan and today are poised to begin operation and write yet another chapter to Abaco’s lumber mill history.