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Jul 8, 2010

Global recession has Fabro’s Glass Shop an inch away from death

The economic crunch is having an impact on businesses across the country. Many are closing down, others are going into receivership and still others are laying-off staff to brace the “haad times”. We found today a once well established business that is on verge of collapse. The Belize City based company had hopes that it would weather the storm, but according to employees, Fabro’s Glass Limited, has been sidestepped for a foreign company. News Five’s Jose Sanchez has a report.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Fabro’s Glass Limited, once a thriving business on Victoria Street, has suffered tremendously from the global economic recession.  Sharon McFadzean showed us the empty spaces that in December of 2009 housed great productivity.

Sharon McFadzean, Employee, Fabro’s Glass Limited

sharon mcfadzen

“Normally you would have seen the racks filled with glass, mirrors all different sizes, one-eights, three-sixteenths, quarter inch glass and mirrors. But as you can see there’s not much on it because we don’t have the finance to stock up our glass section. Over here is the louver section. We normally keep all different size louvers stacked on the racks; but if you notice there’s nothing up there because we can’t afford to stock our racks anymore now. The economy is bad, not much people buying anything. Over this section is the window’s section. As you notice it’s as they say a ghost town because we don’t have any windows to build and so we don’t have any employees. We afford to have our employees just sitting around.”

One employee was still at work, but instead of cutting glass, or fitting windows, he was doing basic screen repair work.   Machinery sits silently in place as if work was interrupted in midstride. McFadzean says that they found hope in a recent proposal.

Sharon McFadzean

We were officially asked to bid on the Social Security Punta Gorda Glass Works.  We submitted a bid to the Social Security Board; they were to get back to us about the contract. Yesterday we were informed that the contract was given to a Guatemalan company, with no explanation. Apparently, tey said the board voted five to three against us. And now, we’re requesting why, information as to why we didn’t get the contract. Why was it given to a Guatemalan Company instead of a Belizean company? So that the money can come back to the economy. But officially we haven’t gotten anything as yet, we are waiting to see the final decision as yet, but we are certain that this contract was given to the Guatemalan company. There have been rumors for weeks now that someone from Social Security Board; they originally got the company from Guatemala to submit a bid for this contract.”

Jose Sanchez

So essentially, would it be upsetting to you if another Belizean company would have gotten the contract?

Sharon McFadzean

“Not so much because then  I know the money would come back to the economy and somebody in Belize would have benefited from that.”

Jose Sanchez

Other that the one gentleman upstairs, I only see you. What happened to everyone?

Sharon McFadzean

“Well, We had to let go the receptionist we had to let go the service staff, everybody, we had to let go about six to eight people; eight of our staff members. We can’t afford to keep them. I am the accountant, receptionist, whatever I’ll do it.”

Jose Sanchez

How does business look, going forward into the next month?

Sharon McFadzean

Well, we’re not sure. Honestly we’re not sure.”

Jose Sanchez

It also affects you personally, you have bills to pay.

Sharon McFadzean

“Yes I do. My bills they are not that much high, but as I explained I have a daughter going in college, she was going in college and a son entering high school. So, I don’t what will happen.”

Jose Sanchez

They really need to gibe this contract to a Belizean company, hopefully this one.

Sharon McFadzean

“Right, Right! I hope that the board overturns their decision and maybe give us a chance to show us what we can do.”

Reporting for News Five Jose Sanchez.

We were unable to confirm the veracity of the details provided, and when we contacted the Social Security, we were told that a release on the contract will be issued on Friday.

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5 Responses for “Global recession has Fabro’s Glass Shop an inch away from death”

  1. Proud Belizean says:

    SSB is a sellout! Their must be an under the desk deal going on.

  2. redgal says:

    This is a sad story. People need to work to earn money. If they can’t do that they will steal and may be even go further than that. Our country does not need that. Jah knows.

  3. rootsman says:

    Under the table deal you say? That is the norm in Belize is it not? From the highest person in office to the lowest on the totem pole, it’s just the way business is done in Belize and it’s not the exception it’s the rule of course there are exceptions but it’s like looking for a needle in a hay stack.
    Welcome to Belize lots of talk and no action.

  4. Mellow Belizean says:

    This makes no sense. Once the money goes to a Guatemalan company, the money leaves Belize! Why on earth would SSB give a contract to a Guatemalan company over a Belizean one?!

  5. So Disappointed says:

    I think Government contracts should be given to the best Belizean company Bid unless they do not have the expertise to do the best job. Maybe that was the reason the Guatemalan Company got the bid. I hope there is a good reason for why this was done.

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