On June 8, 2012, a container carrying the first complete home for a residential/commercial development community in Guyana known as “Promise Land” was shipped from the Port of Elizabeth, NJ to the Port of Georgetown in Guyana. The home, which includes all components, was built in Crane Group International’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hillside, NJ. A local Guyanese construction company will implement the on-site infrastructure requirements and assembly of the structure, overseen by a Crane Group supervisor. June 27, 2012
New Jersey-based Crane Group International (CGI), manufacturer of all-inclusive steel-framed commercial and residential structures, has established its presence in South America.
On June 8, 2012, a container carrying the first complete home for a residential/commercial development community in Guyana known as “Promise Land” was shipped from the Port of Elizabeth, NJ to the Port of Georgetown in Guyana. The home, which includes all components, was built in CGI’s state-of-the -art manufacturing facility in Hillside, NJ. A local construction company will implement the on-site infrastructure requirements and assembly process of the structure.
“We are delighted to provide Guyana with a proven technology that will be an effective solution to eliminating the shortages in housing, medical clinics, schools and nutrition/education centers. The Promise Land project will directly benefit and enhance the lives of the people of Guyana,” said Neal Balasny, CEO of Crane Group International. “The Guyana project is an example of our commitment to create a truly international company, which will be able to respond to the needs and requirements of local markets worldwide.”
CGI was engaged by local Guyanese-American developer Moses Rambarran, owner of PromiseLandGuyana.com. Both Balasny and Rambarran believe that this is the beginning of a revolutionary new approach to housing in South America, the Caribbean, and throughout the world, where housing shortfalls are staggering.
“Our proven building system has installations worldwide including in South Korea, Germany, Mexico and South Africa. We have the expertise and experience to make a real contribution to the economy not only in Guyana but also, in New Jersey through our manufacturing operations,” stated Balasny.
CGI’s unique system manufactures structures in its factory and then assembles them on pre-prepared foundations on-site. The manufacturing facility is close to the Port of Newark and capable of producing up to 30 homes per day utilizing an innovative containerization assembly process. Corp. and the inclusion of several of its products, CGI’s structures are engineered for durability, energy efficiency, sustainability, and are flexible enough to meet local aesthetics and cultural sensitivities.
Balasny notes the many advantages of CGI’s panelized structure process which include:
o Exceptional product quality and integrity, proven over time in a wide-range of different applications.
o Speed of delivery – pre-wired, pre-plumbed basic structures can be erected in as little as seven days.
o Significant cost savings. CGI structures cost less than the equivalent brick & mortar or traditional site- built structures and the knock-on savings resulting from the speed of erection are considerable.
o Fast response to individual engineering and design requirements due to centralized design facilities and factory-built process.
“One of the most important advantages,” stated Balasny, “is the social upliftment that we are striving to achieve including job creation and skills training at all levels of production. Not only does our factory have a sizeable labor force, but the manufacturing process will create a formidable assembly line of support vendors that will significantly boost local economies.”
An important aspect of the success of the Guyana venture will be in the training of personnel at the site level. CGI Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Leshetz, will oversee construction of the first home in Guyana and help establish a skills set locally that can be easily transferred to future structures shipped to Guyana by CGI. Leshetz has been in the site-built construction business for more than 15 years and has built over 150 new homes and is convinced that this approach is the way of the future.
“I am very much looking forward to working with the local Guyanese construction crew to assemble our first home,” says Leshetz. “I am certain they will find it quite simple to assemble the main structural elements of the building, and quite convenient to have all of the building materials delivered to the site at the same time---all the way down to ceramic tile, towel bars, robe hooks, paint, and yes, even the kitchen sink. We are confident this home will be a big hit in Guyana.”
Previously, CGI built, shipped and assembled residential and commercial structures in South Africa. As part of its commitment to corporate social responsibility, CGI donated a Nutrition Center to the country’s Department of Education for the Banareng School in Atteridgeville.
“We were very grateful for the opportunity to donate this structure to South Africa. It was exciting to be part of this community project. As with any country, the children are the future of South Africa and need proper tools, such as good nutrition, to build the foundation for their future. The Nutrition Center effectively delivered not only a formidable place for children to receive nutritious hot meals in a clean, sanitary environment, but also a safe haven for after-school activities,” says Balasny.
Beyond Guyana, CGI is currently working on projects in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle-East.
“CGI’s goal is to be the global leader in mass-produced, panelized steel-framed residential and commercial structures. Our focus is to deliver affordable, high quality, sustainable, community development products that ultimately provide true value to the end-user,” states Michael Taylor, CGI’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
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