Bahamas Striping, the road marking company that has spawned a new local industry that was once monopolised by foreigners, recently completed three days of training for five new staff.
Dan Brocksmith, Sales Manager of Florida TransCor, Inc, Florida’s leading supplier of road safety supplies, flew in from Jacksonville to train Bahamas Striping’s new and existing staff.
Also an expert striper, Brocksmith lent his knowledge of the recently purchased Graco Lazerliner 200HS to young Bahamians who were recently recruited to form multiple striping teams to work on large road safety marking projects expected to start in early 2013.
“The training went fantastically well,” said Brocksmith. “The experienced staff and the new trainees were very receptive and learned a lot. We learnt how to prepare and get the airless pressurized paint sprayers operating perfectly. We deal with hundred of companies around the south USA and Caribbean Islands and I rarely see such a young accomplished team as I did here.”
“It’s wonderful to see such a small company as Bahamas Striping investing in training. It was very positive experience and I hope to come back to visit this beautiful country,” said Brocksmith.
Bahamas Striping President Atario Mitchell thought the investment worthwhile.
“It’s vital that we give our young men opportunities, not only to work but also to acquire technical knowledge,” said Mitchell. “We were pleased that Dan gave us his time to share some of his striping secrets. He told us things about operating our new sprayer that will prove invaluable to extend its life and achieve optimum results.”
“This new top-of-the line paint machine complements our thermoplastic equipment. A third Graco machine will enable us to work on up to three paint projects at the same time. Now our guys can prepare and start operating these machines practically by themselves,” said Mitchell.
“Our policy at Bahamas Striping is to buy as much good training for our men as we can afford. And we even go beyond that. We feel it’s necessary in these troubled times to help the country in fighting vagrancy and crime. Giving people opportunities to progress and have a positive future is something we can do,” said the 26-year old president. “After all, that’s how I got started.”
By Bob Bower