With an initial staff of 14 BRC West Indies Limited started manufacturing BRC Welded Wiremesh for concrete reinforcement in February of 1980. The company has since expanded its product range to include Weldmesh (galvanized and plain), Brickforce, Reinforcing Steel Bars (deformed high yield in British Standard and American Standard as well as smooth mild steel), Scheduled (Cut & Bent) Steel, three profiles of “screw-through” Corrugated Steel Roof Cladding, two profiles of Standing Seam Roofing Systems, Hurricane Straps, four styles of Hurricane Shutters, and Seamless Eave Gutters.
BRC has proven itself to be one of the leading companies in the field of construction steel, with a reputation for high quality products and services. Quality control procedures are constantly monitored to ensure continued compliance with the relevant standards. The company’s drive for quality is reflected in the numerous awards which it has received over the years and its reputation for quality extends throughout the CARICOM region.
From its inception, BRC has sought to keep pace in a continuously evolving industry, through being informed and innovative.
As specialists in reinforcement, BRC seeks not only to provide our Nation with a firm building foundation, but offers a product range which contributes significantly to the reinforcing of each elementary phase of building construction.
We provide consistently high quality products and services to regional and international markets at competitive prices. We give customers excellent value for money.
Our group is a united joint venture between shareholders' capital and employees' input and rewards both, in an equitable manner. We are good corporate citizens. We support worthwhile community projects and practice environmentally friendly behaviour.
BRC makes consistent contributions to the academic community through school adoption programs, academic prize sponsorships, provision of mandatory work experience attachments to technical and vocational institutions, provision of university project funding and sponsorship to institutional training organisations. The company has also developed a reputation for being an authority on construction advice and has hosted several free educational forums for contractors, artisans and home owners highlighting Best Construction Practices, Critical Construction Mistakes and Roof Cladding Installation Techniques.
In the sporting arena, the company plays its part through the sponsorships of several teams and events: the BRC Sports Club Cricket Team, the BRC Welch Rovers Netball Team, the Barbados Cricket League's Cricketer of the Week, Barbados Equestrian Association's dressage events, swimming meets and more.
In the wider community, BRC quietly provides support and assistance to many needy individuals, churches, rehabilitative organisations and child development centres.
From its inception, BRC has sought to keep pace in a continuously evolving industry, through being informed and innovative. The earlier products such as BRC's high tensile and mild Reinforcing Steel Bars have stood the test of time, forming an integral part of building construction: in foundations, slabs, columns and beams.
The introduction of BRC Brickforce® provided horizontal reinforcement for concrete blockwork and promoted the erection of walls with greater binding power and fewer cracks.
In roof cladding, BRC introduced an on-line system which featured custom sheet lengths. This carried such benefits as the virtual elimination of sheet laps (hence areas susceptible to rusting), faster & easier installations and much reduced costs due to more efficient material utilisation. The company’s, installation service also made it possible for the home owner to have a new roof completely fitted or changed in a short time period.
In 1995, BRC made the transition to producing its Welded Wire Mesh solely in flat sheets, recognising that the straightening and placement of mesh rolls can be very time consuming and labour intensive. This allowed for more effective placement in reinforced-concrete slabs and provided a more cost effective product.
In 1996, BRC made a further contribution to the fortification of building construction when it began production of a variety of Hurricane Anchors, Ties and Clips.
November 2002 saw a diversification of the company’s roofing products line when Permalock® and Permaseam® Standing Seam Systems were introduced into the market. These roofing systems addressed the major modes of metal roof corrosion failure and featured concealed fasteners, minised visible cut edges, a thicker standard guage and a wider choice of colours and materials.
In 2003, BRC fortified its Rebar production capabilities when it invested in machinery to manufacture Custom Cut & Bent Steel, Stirrups and Spirals; formerly a service not readily available to the general public and often imported by large contractors.
The company established a Shutters Department in 2006 when it started the production of an economy Roller Shutters. 2008 saw the emergence of the Permashield® shutter brand accompanied by the refinement of the Roller Shutter products and the addition of Accodion, Bahama and Colonial shutters.
In 2009 BRC expanded its roll-formed product line with the addition of a portable machine to manufacture Permaflow® Seamless Aluminium and Copper Gutters for roof eaves. The product plays a vital role in redirecting water off of the roof to reduce erosion at the building's foundation and is an ideal means of capturing rainfall for water collection systems.
As specialists in reinforcement, BRC seeks not only to provide our nation with a firm building foundation, but offers a product range which contributes significantly to the reinforcing of each elementary phase of building construction.