Red Top Block held an opening ceremony unveiling their new $8 million state of the art block plant in the front of central and local government representatives and local businessmen at the facility in Murphy Town on November 18.
Charles Albury, JBR Building Supplies CEO, spoke concerning owner Billy Lowe’s vision to build a block plant in Abaco. “Twenty-five years ago Mr. Lowe said he wanted to put a block plant in Abaco, and we searched for 23 years to find the right place and Mr. Lowe’s vision is exactly what you see here,” he said.
Mr. Lowe, owner of Lowe’s Pharmacy, JBR (which makes concrete blocks as well), Standard Hardware and Man-O-War Hardware among a number of other businesses, bought the Abaco Block and Concrete property in February of 2014.
North Abaco Minister of Parliament, Renardo Curry said he was pleased when he learned that the new owner of the block plant would be Billy Lowe as his reputation precedes him. “When you hear the name Billy Lowe you realize that he is a renowned businessman whose name rings throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.”
Mr. Curry also noted that Mr. Lowe has Abaco roots and shared a church-going background with himself. He thanked Mr. Lowe for having the confidence to invest in the local economy in such a substantial way
Mr. Albury said that “this facility is probably the newest facility in the Western Hemisphere, the most up to date. It’s being feature in a world-wide magazine that reaches across the globe. Everything you will see today is state of the art.”
He said that people can log into the machine from the US and diagnose a problem and tell them how to fix it.
“We don’t do anything that is just for today, this is at least ten years ahead of its time, but I don’t want to have to revisit this next year, then next year, then next year,” he said.
He said that Mr. Lowe told him if you are going to do it, do it right, and if you’re not going to do it right don’t do it at all.
He thanked Contractor Al Key who built the building (made of galvanized material because it is near the shoreline and they don’t want it to rust) and the Murphy Town community for gladly accepting them as the new owners.
“We know you have options and other places to go, so we appreciate your support,” he said.
The audience was given a tour and demonstration of the facility after the opening ceremony.