Bron, a management and administration hub that supports a group of companies, has focused on innovation to meet the challenging times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company’s co-founder Carlos Palacious told Guardian Business.
The company moved into its new 10,000-square-foot business center at Airport Industrial Park just before the COVID-19 lockdowns and began to churn out innovative businesses and products.
It formed BluTerra to manufacture biodegradable straws to meet a demand after plastic straws were banned by government. The company also moved into disinfectant services as an answer to the needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
And Eeden farms, the hydroponics farm set within 40-foot containers – which was a seven-year-old idea conceived by young entrepreneur Lincoln Deal – sprang up at the business center, growing throughout 2020 until its official launch last week.
Eeden, unlike many local hydroponics farms, uses new, state-of-the-art hydroponics technology to grow leafy greens.
Palacious said Bron – formally Caribbean Coastal Services, Atametrics and Enco International – while still an engineering firm, is now also an umbrella company for several innovative offshoots.
“Part of it is to create a think tank where young, like-minded persons come together,” said Palacious.
“From the COVID-19 experience came Eeden Farms, came the straws and compostable products, came disinfectant services.”
Last week, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis officially opened Bron Business Centre and Eeden Farms.
Palacious in a statement marking the opening said, “Bron is dedicated to ensuring that the people of The Bahamas live and thrive. Our core values are integrity, innovation and community, and you see that in what Eeden executes and in the millennials we hire.
“They are the reason for the consistently excellent produce you see and they are the ones working hard to turn aragonite into compostable products such as straws, through BluTerra.”
Palacious said Bron now offers dozens of internships and will continue to pioneer innovative opportunities for young Bahamians to push their limits.
Bron does its light manufacturing within the business center, while Eeden farms is set on part of the 1.5 acres Bron occupies. Palacious said there remains room at the site for more growth.