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FCJ FEATURE | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017

The FCJ then

FACTORIES CORPORATION of Jamaica Limited

was incorporated under the Companies Act of Jamaica

in 1987. The company, which is fully owned by the

Government of Jamaica, was formed to implement the

Government’s Emergency Factory Building

Programme.

Under this programme, approximately 92,903 square

metres, or approximately one million square feet of

factory space, was built.

In 1988, when the company began operation from

the sixth floor of the Oceana Hotel in downtown,

there was a staff complement of 23, to include two

managers, two supervisors, a secretary, an office

attendant, a maintenance officer and 16 security

officers. Most of the staff complement were deployed

to the Garmex Freezone where approximately 75 per

cent of FCJ’s tenants were engaged in the garment

industry.

With the 1989 phasing out of the Jamaica Industrial

Development Corporation (JIDC) a company which as

part of its role was involved in the Government

construction programme, it was decided that FCJ’s role

should be expanded to include the management of the

properties that were under the JIDC’s control.

Following the downturn in garment manufacturing

towards the end of the 1990s, a significant number of

tenants began pursuing other manufacturing and

commercial activities.

With the prospects that the information

communication technology industry held, the

organisation embarked on an expansion of space to

serve the growing area of information technology.

CHAIRMEN AND MANAGING DIRECTORS

Over the 30 years, FCJ has had seven chairmen and

10 managing directors:

CHAIRMEN

Dr Vincent Lawrence: 1989-1996

Dianne Bell-Wright: 1996-2000

Hilma McNeil-Daniel (Actg): 2000-2001

Senator Noel Sloley: 2001-2007

Neil Seaton: 2007-2012

Clive Fagan: 2012-2016

Lyttleton Shirley: July 2016-present

MANAGING DIRECTORS

Eric Dean: 1989-1996

Cedric Taylor (Actg): 1996-1997

Glenroy Mellish: 1997-2004

Ambassador Stewart Stephenson: 2007-2009

Horace Sutherland: 2009-2012

Derrick Webb (Actg): 2012-2013

Desmond Sicard (Actg): June 2013-April 2014

Clive Greyson: May 2014-October 2015

Kenneth Rowe (Actg): October 2015-November 2016

Dr Donald Farquharson: Dec 2016-present

Map of FCJ

locations

The FCJ now

FORMERLY AN agency of the

Ministry of Industry, Investment

and Commerce, Factories

Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) is

now an agency of the Ministry of

Economic Growth and Job

Creation.

Thirty years later, Factories

Corporation of Jamaica owns

approximately 157,019.29 square

metres, or 1,689,527.56 square feet,

of rentable space.

Of that amount, 24,625,955

square metres, or approximately

264,975,225 square feet, is

earmarked for use in the

information communication

technology/business process

outsourcing industry.

The expansion of additional

space for use in this industry is

under way with the development of

the 750,000-square foot Naggo

Head Technology Park.

Grey Ground

Central Village