White Marl, St. Catherine, April 11, 2024 – Today marked a momentous occasion as stakeholders gathered at LASCO Distributors Ltd. to celebrate the successful completion of the UWI/LASCO Solar Pilot Project, which features the installation of a 500 kW PV+ system at the LASCO facility in Spanish Town, St. Catherine along with a 10 kW Solar Hybrid system to provide resilient power to the Central Village Multi-Purpose Centre adjacent to LASCO's distribution centre. This system has been developed in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Cadmus-led Jamaica Energy Resilience Alliance (JERA). Among the largest of its kind in the country, it will not only power LASCO's operations but also serve as a living laboratory for research and training purposes at the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI). 

The project highlights the critical role of partnership in advancing renewable energy solutions and underscores the commitment of both the public and private sectors to bolstering Jamaica's energy resilience and sustainability. Its implementation, which will provide valuable experience-in-use to researchers at UWI, not only underscores commitment from LASCO and UWI to advancing solar technology but also provides a platform for critical research into commercial-scale batteries for distributive generation. 

Mr. James E.D. Rawle, CD, Deputy Executive Chairman of LASCO Affiliated Companies, remarked:  

"LASCO is proud to spearhead this ground-breaking project, which exemplifies our dedication to innovation and sustainability. Our partnership has not only yielded remarkable environmental benefits but also driven economic prosperity. From Jamaica's largest 500 kW Solar Hybrid system to the resilient 10 kW Solar Hybrid system at the Central Village Multi-Purpose Centre, we're not just reducing costs, we're safeguarding communities and businesses alike. By harnessing solar energy and cutting-edge storage technology, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also fortifying our operations against future disruptions." 

Aligned with Jamaica's energy policy objectives, the UWI/LASCO Solar Pilot Project demonstrates the transformative potential of resilient, renewable energy systems. Through the adoption of distributed solar photovoltaics (PV) and PV with battery storage (PV+), this initiative paves the way for a more resilient energy landscape, capable of withstanding natural or human-induced disruptions. LASCO's operations will see an increase in energy cost savings, emissions reductions, business continuity, and will now possess the ability to predict energy price. The Central Village Multi-Purpose Centre system will be capable of providing electricity for the surrounding community in times of emergency, further underscoring the project's commitment to community resilience and empowerment.  

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The Hon. Professor Anthony Chen – University of the West Indies, Mona said: 

“We are happy to be celebrating the completion of this pilot project, which marks a significant milestone for the resilience of Jamaica’s energy sector. UWI has been able to provide technical expertise, guidance, and training towards improving Jamaica’s energy sector resilience. With the completion of this solar storage project, we look forward to supporting the next generation of researchers in reaping the benefits of this system and embracing a growing market for renewable energy development.” 

The UWI/LASCO Solar Pilot Project represents a significant milestone in Jamaica's journey towards energy independence and is a testament to collaborative efforts towards a green, resilient energy future. 

His Excellency N. Nick Perry, Ambassador of The United States of America said: 

"The success of this project exemplifies the power of partnership and innovation in advancing our collective efforts toward an energy resilient Jamaica. The Government of Jamaica's ambition to generate 50% of the country’s energy from renewables by 2030 resonates deeply with the shared vision outlined in the U.S-Caribbean Partnership to Address the Climate Crisis 2030 (PACC 2030). PACC 2030, an investment of over US $140 million, emphasizes collaboration to enhance energy security and mitigate climate change impacts. I applaud LASCO for their leadership and commitment to advancing sustainability and resilience within Jamaica’s manufacturing sector." 

With a total project cost of USD $1.9 million, jointly invested by USAID and LASCO, the UWI/LASCO Solar Pilot Project is poised to deliver substantial cost savings while advancing Jamaica's renewable energy goals. The project's success underscores the transformative potential of public-private partnerships in driving sustainable development. As Jamaica continues its transition towards a cleaner, more resilient energy future, initiatives like the UWI/LASCO Solar Pilot Project serve as a beacon of hope and progress for our nation.  

The UWI/LASCO Solar Pilot Project was developed under the Strengthening Energy Sector Resilience in Jamaica project, a 3.5-year joint effort of USAID and JERA. As the lead implementer of JERA, Cadmus Vice President Christina Becker-Birck highlighted how the significance of this programme “goes well beyond the region” and how LASCO is “setting an example for Jamaica and the region through this pilot.” It was conceived by the University of the West Indies (UWI) and executed by LASCO with technical support from UWI Mona, Cadmus, and all JERA members. USAID provided approximately one-third of the funding and LASCO the balance. 

The LASCO REAP (Reap What You Sow, Eat What You Grow) Program, which has been fostering environmental awareness and education for the past 12 years, recently concluded its 2022-2023 edition with remarkable achievements. This year's program witnessed enthusiastic participation from 41 schools, culminating in a memorable celebration at the winning school, St. Jago Cathedral Preparatory, on October 27, 2023.

The LASCO REAP 2022-2023 Program commenced on October 7, 2022, and ran through until April 2023, providing students with an extended period to immerse themselves in valuable eco-friendly initiatives. The program aimed to inspire and educate the youth on the significance of environmental conservation and sustainable practices.

At the close of this exciting journey, the LASCO team, along with students, teachers, and staff of St. Jago Cathedral Preparatory, shared in the celebration of their victory. The LASCO team served a delicious meal, further enhancing the sense of accomplishment and enjoyment of the occasion, and surprised everyone with exciting giveaways.

The results of the LASCO REAP 2022-2023 Program were as follows:

1st Place – St Jago Cathedral Preparatory (5 Computers)

2nd Place – Kendall Primary and Infant School (1 * 42” Smart TV)

3rd Place – Farm Primary ($20,000)

Best Agri-Business (Garden Project) – Highgate Primary and Junior High ($50,000 plus 500L Water Tank)

Best Recycling Project (Most Bottles) - St Jago Cathedral Preparatory ($100,000)

Most Involved Teacher (tie Mrs. Jamie Hamilton & Mrs. Maxine Headley - $12,500 each)

Best Song - Highgate Primary and Junior High Drummers - $10,000

Best Poem – Farm Primary (Christopher Hendricks) – 1 Tablet

Best Essay – Farm Primary (Sherika Gardner) – 1 Tablet

Best Song – Highgate Primary and Junior High Drummers - $10,000

LASCO is proud to have been a part of the REAP program for the 12th consecutive year, demonstrating its unwavering commitment to environmental conservation. The program has played a vital role in influencing future generations to recognize the importance of preserving our environment, not only for their own well-being but for the future of our nation.

Through the LASCO REAP Program, children have been equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly future. The success of this year's program reflects the dedication of all participating schools, teachers, and students who have embraced the initiative's principles and values.

As we celebrate the achievements of the LASCO REAP 2022-2023 Program, we look forward to another year of fostering environmental stewardship and making a positive impact on the future of Jamaica and our planet.

The annual LASCO / Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police of the Year Award was held on Friday, October 20, and this year, the LASCO Chairman’s Award was presented to Area 5’s Constable Jayann Raymond. Six finalists were announced for the Chairman’s Award, the highest honour of the LASCO/JCF Saluting Our Heroes Awards.

Constable Raymond, who described herself as ‘a woman of action’, distinguished herself through her exemplary technical skills, dedication to service and her deep passion for community engagement. Speaking passionately about her role in the community, she said, “It is important for me to have a great appreciation of my responsibilities. My position at Area 5 headquarters has given me a platform to not only serve my immediate community but all 38 communities across Area 5. This is indeed a pleasure and an honour.”

She is the second woman constable from Area 5 to cop the top award and with it received a trophy, a cash prize of $150,000 and LASCO Gift Basket.

Constable Nickroy Neish (Area 3) placed second, Corporal Aljuray McKenzie (Area 4) and Sergeant Florezel Thompson (Non-Geographic Division) tied for third place, a first in the history of the awards. Woman Sergeant Allison Holness (Area 1) placed fourth and Corporal Lenworth Mott placed fifth.

“Being amongst the officers in the top six for me, made me feel like a winner. To my fellow JCF colleagues our work has not gone unnoticed and to the citizens of Jamaica to trust us and partner with us to make our country safer. Partnerships have proven essential, like that of the LASCO Chin Foundation and the JCF to produce this award. I believe together we achieve more,” urged the Chairman’s top awardee.

The prestigious award recognises outstanding achievement in law enforcement and honours these heroes who work tirelessly every day to protect and serve. The ceremony which was held at the AC Hotel in Kingston under the theme: "Observing excellence in People, Quality and Technology”, saw a total of 156 police officers recognised in a celebration of outstanding service, good work ethic, and making a difference in the community.

Through initiatives like the annual LASCO/JCF Police Officer of the Year Awards, the LASCO Chin Foundation, which has collaborated with the JCF for more than two decades, has been committed to making a significant impact on boosting the morale of constabulary members and the communities they serve.

Executive Chairman of LASCO Affiliated Companies James Rawle, CD, remarked that it is a privilege to be associated with ‘Brand JCF’.

“The JCF is undoubtedly a venerable and professional institution that has undergone many changes over the years and continues to change, adapt and improve in lieu of the ever-changing environment and global technological developments, so that they can do their job better.  I commend you to open your minds to technology to help and make your life easier and all life safer. That’s what Brand JCF stands for,” Rawle said. The Chairman’s Awardee Constable Raymond has announced that before the end of 2023, she will embark on a new project - the ‘Expression of Self’ Programme, geared towards youths and teaching them about conflict resolution,  which is expected to launch in the St Andrew North Division.

The LASCO Chin Foundation, in collaboration with the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), is pleased to announce the finalists for the highly anticipated 2023 LASCO/NAJ Nurse and Student Nurse of the Year Awards.  The prestigious event, which recognizes and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Jamaican nurses, takes place on Friday, July 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Under the 2023 theme Our Nurses, Our Future, the covetedNurse of the Year (NOY) Award will be bestowed upon a nurse who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, compassion, and innovation in their field.  The finalists for the 2023 Nurse of the Year Award are: Betty-Ann Campbell; Spanish Town Hospital; Renae Foster, Black River Hospital; Abigail James, Black River Hospital; Nadja Brown, Mandeville Regional Hospital; Roshelle Mendez, Mandeville Regional Hospital; Shantal Remekie, University Hospital of the West Indies and Inga Hunter-Martin, Hope Institute.

These remarkable health heroes continue to exhibit unwavering commitment and have made significant contributions to the healthcare sector.  Their dedication to the well-being of their patients, communities and wider society serves as an inspiration to all.

In addition to honouring the Nurse of the Year, the annual event will also recognize the remarkable achievements of student nurses.  The finalists for the 2023 Student Nurse of the Year (SNOY) award, who have shown exceptional promise and dedication, are: Bobbie-Ann Collins, Excelsior Community College School of Nursing; Derron Jackson, Excelsior Community College School of Nursing; Donica Chambers, KNOX Community College School of Nursing; Judith Thomas, KNOX Community College School of Nursing; Nikala Stewart, UWI School of Nursing, Mona; Shanice Burris, Brown's Town Community College School of Nursing and Nastasia Simms, Brown's Town Community College School of Nursing.

These talented individuals represent the future of nursing in Jamaica, and their commitment to excellence and compassion is a testament to the quality of nursing education in the country.

The LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year will be awarded a cash prize of $200,000, while the first runner-up will receive $150,000, the second runner-up will be presented with $100,000, and the Student Nurse of the Year will receive a well-deserved cash prize of $100,000.  Furthermore, all finalists will be recognized with additional prizes, and the winners will collectively receive over half a million dollars in cash prizes.

Ahead of the awards ceremony, the 14 finalists will engage in several activities including courtesy calls with senior public officials and a series of activities during Nurses Week. Supported by the NAJ, the finalists are expected to pay tribute to the late Founder and Chairman of the LASCO Chin Foundation the Honourable Lascelles Chin, OJ, OD, LLD (Hons Causa). 

In 2020, he declared, “LASCO is resolute in our support for our men and women who continue to commit their hearts and hands to the health of our nation. We are grateful for their devotion. We will continue to go the extra mile to consistently uplift and recognize their stewardship.”

The LASCO Chin Foundation and the Nurses Association of Jamaica have been steadfast in their commitment to recognizing and uplifting the nursing profession.  For over a decade, these organizations have dedicated their efforts to honoring the invaluable contribution of nurses to the healthcare sector in Jamaica.

The LASCO/NAJ Nurse and Student Nurse of the Year Awards have become a pinnacle of recognition for outstanding nurses in Jamaica.  It serves as a platform to celebrate the tireless efforts and selfless dedication of nurses who consistently go above and beyond to serve their fellow Jamaicans, particularly in the face of challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LASCO Chin Foundation CEO Professor Rosalea Hamilton praised the nurses for their extraordinary fortitude and compassion.  She reiterated the importance of corporate Jamaica in recognizing and appreciating the vital role of nurses in society.

NAJ President, Patsy Edwards-Henry, expressed her gratitude for LASCO's continued support of Jamaican nurses and commended LASCO's understanding of the significant contributions made by nurses to the country's populace.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness, under the leadership of Dr.  The Honourable Christopher Tufton, has consistently emphasized the importance of nurses in providing quality healthcare.  Dr.  Tufton acknowledged the critical role nurses play in the delivery of public health services and pledged ongoing support to ensure their professional growth and development.

The 2022 -2023 Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ)/LASCO Nurse of the Year Winner Nurse Alicia Adamson, Nurses Manager at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital had an active reign. La-Daniel Campbell of Brown’s Town Community College School of Nursing received the NAJ/LASCO Student Nurse of the Year last year.

The Chairman of LASCO Distributors Limited (LASD) Mr. James E.D. Rawle CD is pleased to announce the appointment of The Honourable Justice Seymour Radcliffe Panton OJ. CD, JP, as an Independent. Non-Executive Director, to join the Board of Directors of LASD with effect from December 7, 2023.

The Honourable Justice Seymour Panton was called to the Bar, at Lincoln’s Inn in London, England on November 26, 1968. His devotion to justice extends beyond his legal career. He was former President of the Court of Appeal, he currently serves as a Judge of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Chairman of the Jamaica Firearm Review Panel, and has been a Justice of the Peace for Kingston since 2007. The Honourable Justice Panton is a Lay Preacher in the Methodist Church.

The Honourable Justice Panton brings a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment to justice and corporate governance.

Mr. James Rawle, Chairman of LASCO Distributors, noted that The Honourable Justice Panton’s extensive legal background, business acumen, and dedication to upholding integrity aligns with LASCO’s “Vision, Mission, and Core Values.”

The Chairman and the Board of Directors are confident that Honourable Justice Seymour Radcliffe Panton OJ, CD, JP, will make a significant contribution to the company’s corporate governance and strategic decision-making.

LASCO Distributors Limited was granted approval to graduate to the Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). 

The effective date of graduation is Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Media Release Final - 31.05.23 - LDLDownload

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Honourable Lascelles Chin, OJ,
CD, LLD (Hon. Causa) the esteemed Executive Chairman of LASCO Distributors Limited.
Mr. Chin’s visionary leadership, unparalleled dedication, and remarkable contributions
have left an indelible mark on our organization and the country as a whole. He will be
remembered as a true visionary and a driving force behind our success.

Dr. Kaydeen Dietrich explains the vaccination process to the candidates waiting to receive their jabs.

Kewaine Buchanan, Commercial Analyst at LASCO Distributors Limited calmly receiving his shot from Public Health Nurse, Teldra Lewis.

Marisha Thompson [left] and her mother Jostine Wallace turned up to receive their second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. They are the wife and daughter of LASCO Merchandiser, Steve Wallace. The vaccination drives continue to see a growing number of family members coming out to receive their jabs.

Ezra-Lee McLennon, Production Supervisor at LASCO Distributors Limited [left] took his mother Neita, 72 to receive her vaccine. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that persons above age 50 are considered to be at greater risk if infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Kaydeen Dietrich [left] checks the arm of Rejendra Thompson, son of LASCO Delivery Clerk, Rejendra Thompson, after being vaccinated with the single dose Janssen vaccine.

Venice Chambers-Bartley [left], Machine Operator at the liquid plant at LASCO Manufacturing Limited and her husband, Paul Bartley were in high spirits after receiving the first dose of the vaccine.

Dr. Kaydeen Dietrich [left] engages Corporate Programmes Manager, Danielle Cunningham [center], and Deputy General Manager of LASCO Manufacturing Limited, Lisa Watts [right] in conversation at the latest vaccination blitz held at the company’s White Marl Location recently.

LASCO staff and family members turned out in their numbers to receive first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

Countless elders waiting to be registered by the Community Health Aides at LASCO’S recent vaccination blitz.

LASCO has been a longstanding participant in the Ministry of Education’s national initiative, Read Across Jamaica Day, an observance of literacy in Jamaican schools. Celebrated in May during Education Week, Read Across Jamaica Day furthers LASCO’s objective of advancing the nation through education.  Our staff and the reigning LASCO/Ministry of Education Teacher and Principal of the Year participate by reading to students from their favourite books. 

Since October 2012, LASCO has partnered with the The Rootz Releaf Project to embark upon an environmental awareness building programme entitled LASCO REAP (Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme).  REAP targets primary school level children, both actively and passively, encouraging them to become more deeply involved in the environment, emphasizing recycling, tree planting and conservation. The company has invested over $12M in the REAP programme since its inception, and has directly reached over 4,000 students through its island-wide REAP school tours.

LASCO REAP has achieved the following since its inception:

LASCO/Ministry of Education (MoE) Teacher and Principal of the Year

The LASCO Salute to Teachers Programme began in 1997, with the addition of the Principal of the Year category in 2006.  The programme is executed in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and seeks to recognize teachers and principals for having a significant impact on education in Jamaica and the community. In 2013, LASCO has invested over $400,000 in the Teacher and Principal of the Year programme. The programme has a reach of 25,000 teachers and principals island-wide.

The selection process for the programme begins with the nomination process, then a selection committee shortlists the nominees, who are assessed  by the MoE and LASCO team in their teaching environment. Based on the assessment, the finalists are selected and invited to attend a panel interview, from which the Teacher and the Principal of the Year are selected and announced at the annual Awards Ceremony. Over the years, a number of the former awardees have emerged as elected leaders in the island’s Teachers and Principal Associations and have won a number of national awards.

Other initiatives and partnerships in Education:

The LASCO/Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Police of the Year Awards Programme was initiated in 2000 which seeks to publicly acknowledge the professionalism and dedication of the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Selection is done on three levels: Divisional, Area and National.

The criteria to be eligible for nomination are based on the following:

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