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Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, has welcomed international pest control company Orkin Incorporated’s decision to establish a local franchise, Orkin Jamaica, in partnership with the Guardsman Group.
Speaking at the official launch of Orkin Jamaica at Guardsman Group Limited’s headquarters in Kingston on Tuesday (June 29), Mr. Samuda said Orkin made “a wise choice” and described the partnership as the “marriage of two great brands.”
“What we have here is an introduction of a company that will afford the existing Guardsman Group an opportunity to be exposed to training techniques, (and various) methods of doing business,” the Minister said.

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda (left), makes a point to Executive Chairman of the Guardsman Group Limited, Kenneth Benjamin (right), prior to the start of a function to launch Orkin Jamaica at the Guardsman Group Limited’s headquarters in Kingston on Tuesday (June 29). Others from second left are: Guardsman Group’s Public Relations and Advertising Director, Sheila Benjamin McNeill; Vice-President of International Development and Franchising at Orkin Incorporated, Tom Luczynski; and Guardsman’s Managing Director, Valerie Juggan-Brown.

Mr. Samuda also pointed out that it was better to have a franchise, instead of starting the business from “scratch.”
“You really are hitting the ground running…and that is the benefit of franchises. That is why, worldwide, there must be some 16,000 franchises,” he said.
Known for its protection and security services, the Guardsman Group has evolved and expanded to offer a wide range of services. They secured the franchise for Orkin pest control products under an exclusive distribution deal with the Atlanta-based company.
Executive Chairman of the Group, Kenneth Benjamin, said one of the costly, but often overlooked, risks in Jamaica is the many incidences of pest infestation.

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda (left), in discussion with Executive Chairman of the Guardsman Group Limited, Kenneth Benjamin during the launch of Orkin Jamaica at the Guardsman Group’s headquarters in Kingston on Tuesday (June 29).

“We realise the need to offer protection to our clients from these ever-present risks, not just to property but also to the health of the nation. So, when we were contacted by Orkin with a view to operating a franchise in Jamaica, we saw it as the perfect opportunity,” he said.
Highlighting the synergies between Orkin and Guardsman, Mr. Benjamin pointed out that both companies believed in training, noting that a considerable number of Orkin Jamaica employees have been to the Orkin University in Atlanta Georgia for intensive training.
He said that Orkin offers an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme, comprised of an effective combination of non-chemical and chemical treatment to achieve acceptable levels of control, with the least possible impact on humans, non-target organisms and the environment.
He also noted that Orkin Jamaica will be delivering a competitively priced, highly monitored service to both residential and commercial clients, which will exceed current Jamaican industry standards. The services will be available islandwide during normal work week hours, and may also be acquired for weekends and after hours on appointment.
Vice-President of International Development and Franchising at Orkin, Tom Luczynski, said the company was very proud to have partnered with the Guardsman Group to represent Orkin in Jamaica.
Speaking on behalf of Health Minister, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, Director of Health Promotion and Protection in the Ministry, Dr. Eva Lewis Fuller, also welcomed the partnership, noting the linkage with the Ministry’s own pest control efforts.
Founded in 1901, Orkin Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Rollins Inc., providing pest control services to residential and commercial customers. The company also has operations in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Lebanon, and Panama.