James Charts Road for New
With an investment of $2 million under his management, 27-year-old
general manager of SVG Publishers Inc., Carl James says that
he is ready to take the company up the road of success.
With a print run of 2,000 newspapers for Interactive Media
Ltd (publishers of Searchlight) on August 3rd, the new printery,
located in the Campden Park Industrial Estate, got its baptism
after three years of planning and careful implementation.
“That printing was like our final exam, and now we are really
excited and raring to go,” said James as he expressed excitement
that is worthy of the historic nature of the printery - the
first full colour, newspaper printing press in St Vincent
and the Grenadines.
James told SEARCHLIGHT that since he began working in August
2006, it has been a case of anticipating what was to come.
“We had to be trained, got everything in place, I tell you
after that, the frustrating thing was when we were sitting
and waiting for the press to be in order, when the press didn’t
come the way it was supposed to,” Carl said.
“I am excited about leading this company and repaying the
confidence that the board of directors has shown in me,” said
James, a former maintenance manager at the Port Authority,
who earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering
Meanwhile Director Clare Keizer said that the investors in
SVG Publishers Inc. have endured an extremely challenging
two and a half years to be at this point.
“We don’t think that it will be smooth sailing now, there
will be new challenges ahead,” Keizer said.
She said that it was always the dream of the founders of
SEARCHLIGHT newspaper to own their own printery. However when
it became clear that it could not be a solo effort, a partnership
was formed with other local companies and the Nation Corporation
So as SVG Publishers moves forward, they will be looking
forward to the development of a top class printery, offering
a wide variety of first class printing services.
For now though, the SEARCHLIGHT and Vincentian newspapers
will be printed here in St Vincent, truly a milestone achievement.
Managing Director of the SEARCHLIGHT, Norma Keizer put it
best as she read one of the first papers printed during the
test run: “It is a dream come true.”