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Fifty-two employees of the Clarendon-based Jamalco bauxite and alumina company, who have served a total of 1,120 years, were honoured by the company at its Milestone Awards ceremony held last week.
At the function held at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, the awardees, who have given up to 35 years of service, were presented with plaques and gifts, while basking in the well-deserved accolades in recognition for their work.
Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), Professor Errol Miller, who was the guest speaker, said that the event was a celebration of “loyalty, allegiance and continuity.”
Noting that the retention of people in any organisation is an important part of its knowledge base and experience, he advised the long-serving awardees to engage and include the creativity and contribution of younger co-workers as they continue to build a successful company.
The guest speaker further lauded Jamalco’s accomplishments in setting several production and safety records over the past year and commended the company’s employees for giving back to the communities through outreach activities such as its mentorship programme for at-risk youth.
Jamalco’s Managing Director, Mr. Jerome Maxwell, in his remarks, praised the awardees for their positive attitude, which he said, had contributed to the company’s success during the challenging economic period. He noted that, “success is an attitude and Jamalco employees have an attitude not seen elsewhere.”
Jamalco’s Refinery Manager, Silvio Porto, added that the employees have demonstrated a passion for overcoming challenges and that the quality of Jamalco team members ensures that “we are indeed Best People, Best Company” as the Jamalco slogan states.
Jamalco is the only alumina refinery still operating in Jamaica. Despite the on-going worldwide recession the company ended 2009 with its best ever annual production of alumina, with 1.4 million metric tones. This placed the facility fourth on the cost curve among the nine Alcoa refineries.

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