Storage & Transportation

 

Welded galvanized water tanks
have an amazing life expectancy,


and as a single unit, can handle a capacity of up to six times its PVC counterpart.A galvanized water tank will enhance your long term collection of water, reducing your imminent dependency on Water Authority supplies, especially in dry and storm weather.  It can withstand much greater winds, to protect your greatest asset, your stored water supply.

It can also be customized to fit any space and shape, unlike PVC standard sizes.

ECMIL has been supplying custom built water tanks to the region for a great many years. They have never replaced one yet!

Our regional weather, in recent times, has become much more difficult to predict, more intense and destructive.Developing and protecting our personal survival kit has become more important than ever.

Heat reduction and solar energy use, coupled with good water management and storage, are the most important initiatives that we can develop, both personally and on a regional scale.

Steel as storage is ideal in weight, durability and composition to meet these challenges and create reliability, when our lives become destabilized due to storms.

It's remarkable just 
how much work a wheelbarrow can do



For a mason, it is the vehicle of choice, carrying cement, blocks, sand and ready mix, even concrete or plaster, often across a vast array of make-shift bridges, constructed from 12" by 1" casting boards, to the latest destination during construction.

What makes this possible without disaster? The rubber tyre,
as it bounces over different heights and imperfections in its path.

For carpenters, plumbers and electricians the humble wheelbarrow plays an equally critical role, as the single most important utility tool on any building site.

A solid construction enables a wheelbarrow to achieve its primary goal with dry and wet cargo. This is where steel plays such an important part.

This often ignored vessel will be bashed, bumped, dropped from
a great height and stressed beyond belief, all in the name of construction.

The rubber and wooden varieties are for light gardening; practical, if somewhat cosmetic.  A steel constructed wheelbarrow will make it through the building process, to endure the indignity of removing the last of the site garbage, only to become the home owner's friend and favorite garden companion.

An important sidebar to this is that you should never lend your wheelbarrow. It will be like losing your right arm during the time it's gone and will somehow never be the same again when it returns!

The combination of Storage and Transportation will enhance
your long term collection of water, while easing the movement of items
and debris around your property, saving on labour and potential health issues.

We offer these quality materials in the following specifications:

Galvanized Water Tanks

Standard Sizes
200 gallons - 4' x 2' x 4'
400 gallons - 4' x 4' x 4'
600 gallons - 4' x 6' x 4'
800 gallons - 4' x 8' x 4'
or custom built to your specifications

Wheelbarrows

Frames
steel with hard rubber wheels.
Metal Pans
steel reinforced/ 4 cubic feet

From Rebar and welded mesh, to barbed wire, chain link fencing, water tanks, wheelbarrows and nails, purchasing from
a manufacturer and consolidating your shipping, will result in significant savings against standard retail purchases.

And by making prudent arrangements regarding the shipping container, your material security and product availability
will save on your production time.

NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.
Style & Protection
The combination of three distinct profiles and thirteen gorgeous colours and Colorbond® layered coating technology, will give your roof sheeting durable Style & Protection for many years to come.
Fencing & Security
The combination of Chain Link Fencing & Barbed Wire are an effective deterrent to trespassers and thieves and greatly improve home Security.
Strength & Resistance
The Strength of concrete structures depends on Steel Rebar and Welded Mesh. This reliable combination, along with quality design, creates a durable resistance to our evolving Caribbean weather patterns, while maintaining the long term integrity of our building structures.

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A Humbling Expo Experience

A Humbling Expo Experience

 

If ECMIL’s participation in the recent Specialty Caribbean Expo 17, in St Lucia,
taught us anything, it was that the company and product messages
were extremely well received and completely on point.


Deciding what the content says, within this publication, is no random choice.

Company and product information is interwoven to allow readers to be entertained, while becoming better informed. That is all at a distance. So when confronted with the recent interactive trade show experience, it was like no other.

Face to face, the learning curve and interaction is always intense. The vibrance of questions, responses and reactions
were palpable.  For one real moment, the tables were turned!

Of course, when you have reliable, tried and tested products to discuss, the conversations seem to last...well, till the next one! The depth of discourse and visible decision making on the part of potential customers was remarkable.

Most heartwarming for me, was the diversity of visitors, from corporate and supplier interests, engineers and architects, to intended spouses as first time builders and older home owners looking for replacements, upgrades and better ways of doing things.

These are the body of ECMIL’s clients, but this time, up close and personal, and to all accounts delighted to see first hand what they wanted, or had already received.

ECMIL’s regional energy has been built by the diversity of these customers. From simple requests, to the demand for challenging solutions, the company and its products have satisfied its audience and yet continued to keep the offer fresh and in tune with changing technology and styles.

If St. Lucia’s show is the litmus test for a typical response to high quality roofing and steel fabrication, then the future expectations of the region appear to be, to embrace international standards of manufacture for the construction industry. This places ECMIL, front and centre in the customer understanding and demand for durability and style at a fair regional price.

The company is fully committed to a steady evolution in styling, having recently added Woodland Grey, as its 13th Colorbond® colour, with incredible customer response before, during and after the show. Two more additions are lightly, as the year progresses.

With the greatest of reception, comes even greater responsibility to deliver a well informed service, always willing to move the customer’s project forward, in the company’s roll as materials specialist and manufacturer.
There lies ECMIL’s continued commitment.

As a seasoned campaigner, the company joined so many enterprises, big and small under one roof again, after such a lull in regional activity. It was genuinely refreshing to witness this initiative. As our nations become more conversant with our vibrant and growing business sector and buy regional, so we will flourish.

To those who visited with us at the show and engaged us as interested customers, we are grateful for your patronage and hope that we can work together soon.

For all those who simply showed interest, we say thanks for the opportunity to tell the ECMIL story.
Ours was an uplifting and humbling experience.

Steel lies at the heart of the Caribbean’s now and future development.
So if you missed us at the show, get in touch and connect with the ECMIL experience!

NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.

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ECMIL at Specialty Caribbean Expo St. Lucia

ECMIL at Specialty Caribbean Expo, St. Lucia

 

We are pleased to announce that ECMIL will be participating in
The Specialty Caribbean Expo,
to be held at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground Beausejour, St. Lucia
from the 9 to 12 March 2017
A St. Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency initiative.


In the Caribbean of yesteryear, we would eagerly await the next trade show to review business activities in other islands. It was always a pleasure to witness the region’s latest and greatest under one roof and regardless of actual sales, we felt that we were participating in the ‘now’; present at a new reference point, with a new shot of adrenaline to renew our spirits.

Sadly, years have been devoid of these important events, as communication has distilled to the internet, international sponsorship has shifted its focus and regional business travel has contracted due to increased cost and reduced airline reliability.

So saying, all is by no means lost!
For those who yearn for actual human contact, I am pleased to announce that during the 9 - 12 of March the St. Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) is hosting the Specialty Caribbean Expo which is A one-of-a-kind opportunity for OECS and Martinique goods and services producers to interact with participants, stakeholders, policy makers, customers and buyers".

It is a timely and well needed exposé, to be held at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Beausejour, incidentally, following
St. Lucia’s recent independence celebrations.  It emphasizes the Government’s fresh policies and attitudes to drive industry, investment and involvement. To be sure, our economies have suffered without this focus over the last decade.

As with the landmark FIHAV Havana International Fair, Cuba last year, ECMIL will be taking part in this significant
St. Lucian show. At their prominent booth, you will be able to review roofing materials, colours and profiles, corporate and product videos, receive expert advice on the important role that steel plays in your next construction project and meet with company representatives, as a first step in your purchasing process, or to touch base for future business.

Whether you are a construction professional or a DIY expert,
this is a great opportunity to accumulate valuable information from steel experts.

ECMIL is no newcomer to regional shows as any visitor to their booth would attest. The company stakes its reputation on quality products, service and delivery, with solution- based customer relations at the core of their sales.  Their display is designed to show the often unseen workings of ECMIL’s steel factory in St. Vincent, in combination with images of the finished product in infinite permutations.

The company's considerable regional experience in both commercial and private sector roofing and fabrication manufacture and supply, makes ECMIL the reliable construction partner in any project.  So come prepared to ask questions and make a worthwhile connection to get your material supplies organized.

Prior to your visit at to the Specialty Caribbean Expo, go online to ecmil.net. Acquaint yourself with our articles on steel and construction in its many forms and applications, the company product range, join our ECMIL community through our newsletter and ‘Like’ the company presence on Facebook. That way you will stay informed online and updated on company news.

Steel lies at the heart of the Caribbean’s now and future development.
So enjoy this important Caribbean Trade show and the ECMIL experience!

NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.

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new year new plan new home

new year new plan new home...

 

That's what you said. You had the land, found a draughtsman,
committed yourself to a design, obtained planning permission,
found a construction firm, had a quotation and Bill of Quantities prepared
and, BOOM!...


You did not have the winning Lotto ticket and the price for this new found paradise belongs to someone else.

Then the nightmare begins. Just like trying to lose weight, shrinking the price of construction seems like a lot of effort for very little return.  Where did the calculation go wrong?  We said we were going to include only the necessities!  The pool, second story, two extra guest bedrooms with individual porches, en suites and the 'caterer's' kitchen were all necessary?

Failing to plan is always planning to fail.

Unless you intend to build a guest house, en suite extra bedrooms with private porches are dead zones, which only cost money in cleaning and maintenance and get used every five years for ten days. The caterer's kitchen is packed full of expensive space, surfaces, show off toys and furniture.  If you are growing your restaurant business from your home, fine; otherwise, try to be more frugal. You pay the mortgage every month for all the house, not just the bits you use.

Truth is, our eyes are alway bigger than our belly, when it comes to home planning.

 I once knew a man in Bequia who swung his hammock bed between the downstairs columns of his sea view hillside home.
His logic was, that if his bedroom had no walls, it was the biggest room in the house.

That, at least had no financial impact, but what we think we need and what we actually use are far different in calculation. Unfortunately, we only tend to discover this when we are trying to shrink a construction budget, and consequently compromise our 'vision of paradise.'

The lesson is, start as you mean to continue. Try things out. Find out what a thousand, or five hundred, or ten square feet feels and looks like.  Buy a measuring tape and find the scale of things you like. Consider your age and if this will be, in twenty years, your retrial home.  If so, do you really want to encounter age versus upstairs?

Windows, doors, bedrooms, storage, kitchen cabinetry; what do you need?  Consider your kitchen work triangle.
This is a concept used to determine an efficient kitchen layout. The primary tasks in a home kitchen are carried out between the cooktop, the sink and the refrigerator. These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up the work triangle.

Find out just how much money you can comfortably borrow for
the project and then take all your findings and pictures and ideas to your architect/draughtsman and talk.

At ECMIL your sales representative is very experienced in providing the majority of essential project materials to your site, consolidated in a manner to save on shipping, and for that matter, storage.

This in turn, saves on repeat orders of expensive, local, small volume purchases of necessary items and on wasted labour/ transportation costs.  The job just become more efficient!

With a practical approach to home design, frugal use of space, cost effective purchasing and precise use of materials, you have now created a realistic approach to your project.

Now you must choose the individual or company entrusted to bring your process to completion.  Cheapest is seldom the best, mainly because of the ever present likelihood of overruns, hidden costs and stealing the work by undercutting.
The Most Expensive may be unrealistically high end, poorly patronized or recklessly managed.

A well balanced, clear headed Middle is worth further research. Yes, look at their work, but more importantly, talk to those homeowners who, like you, chose that company. Ask why and list their benefits and problems.

There is no perfect science in the construction world, no seamless route through, even with a mammoth budget.

If you start with a good plan, find those with a like mind, trust your material suppliers and your builder, your project will turn quickly to your lasting paradise which you can afford.


To answer many questions and present tips and suggestions, ECMIL provides many articles online at ecmil.net. Here you will also find product specifications and videos, company information and an order form to get your project started.

Contact your ECMIL sales representative to discuss your next project.
You will discover a wealth of experience to assist you at all points of the construction process.

NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.

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Happy New Year! from The Steel of The Region!

Happy New Year! from The Steel of The Region!

 

With the turkey and stuffing,
or salted ham just a warm memory, welcome to 2017!


Whether you are a gifted weekend warrior, or a construction professional ready for a new project
you are in the right place.

ECMIL’s byline is a reflection of the company’s dedication to their products and the market they serve.  They have built their product range around many years of regional experience, finding the right quality, best choices and most economical ways to maintain customer satisfaction.

ECMIL is a tried and tested market leader who’s philosophy is customer and service centric, simply because they trust
the durability and quality of the products they supply.

As the Caribbean blossoms with innovation and technology within the construction sector, ECMIL meets and surpasses the daily challenge to supply an eager market throughout the OECS and beyond.

Steel is undoubtedly at the core of the region’s short and long term development offering strength durability and beauty, while withstanding the ever present risks in catastrophic weather patterns and salt blast.

The flexible nature of steel, allows for individual or company involvement in assembly and construction, appealing equally to the purse of capital or private projects alike.

ECMIL manufactures a product range to fill any container with as many key items as your construction project may require. From world class Colorbond® and Zincalume® roof sheeting in a total of 13 colors and Aluzinc finish, matching screws, flashing, aluminium guttering and accessories, to a range of fabrication items, PVC piping and electrical conduit, the choice is comprehensive. Added to this, ECMIL will customize to meet the demands of your project, then ship direct to you.

True professionals know their products and ECMIL is no exception.

The Caribbean is a very particular environment, as regional architects and engineers will attest.  The company is happy to work with and bring its experience to help companies providing these services and is able to supply solutions to assist the most conservative to the most innovative schemes.

To answer many questions and present tips and suggestions, ECMIL provides many articles online at ecmil.net. Here you will also find product specifications and videos, company information and an order form to get your project started.

Contact your ECMIL sales representative to discuss your next project. You will discover a wealth of experience to assist all points of the construction process and the reason for the phrase ‘The Steel of The Region!

NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.

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Cleanup for Christmas

Cleanup for Christmas!

 

We are approaching the Christmas Season 
and it seems that rain is now the order of the day, every day;
great for agriculture, but not so good for construction,
as sites become much more difficult to control.


As projects move to get the last major tasks complete before the holidays, spare a thought for good site management, which in the long run, will protect the new work, increase efficiency moving forward, improve security, save useful materials and reduce the incidence of mosquitoes, or vermin on building sites.

Excess materials and off cuts which are re-usable, should be secured from the weather, while new materials such as roofing sheets, flashing, rebar, welded mesh and guttering should be securely stored and appropriately stacked, either in a lockup or container.

Off cut plywood, timber planks and lengths should again be stacked securely in a dry, protected environment for later use. Even those previously used for casting can be scraped or knocked to remove dried cement and stacked.

Sand, chip-stone or ready-mix mounds should be heaped up and boxed around with boards and short staves, to avoid unnecessary runaways, due to rains or wind.  Concrete blocks and pavings, when being used site wide, tend to become strewn in all corners, as anchors, weights or seats, with a fair chance of becoming broken and unusable. These should be collected to a single, unobtrusive location, which is preferably dry and stacked for easy counting and tidiness.

Water drums, wheelbarrows, containers and makeshift ladders should not be left to the elements or in plain sight.
They collect rainwater and attract mosquitoes, or the interest of thieves.

While it is not always practical or possible to temporarily rectify the holes, dips or trenches created during the building process, every effort should be made to avoid the accumulation of stagnant water in soakaways, chambers, trenches and run offs.  This can also reduce the possibility of trapped animals who do forage on building sites,or large toads looking for water and spawning areas.

Almost every site has young laborers, who work in spurts, often having to wait extended periods of time, for tradesmen to complete their work before they are needed. Site foremen are often at a loss to find work for these temporarily idle hands. This is the time to clean up with available labor. Find a large bucket and collect up gashed or loose nails, screws or short ends of rebar and create a new source of ‘lost‘ materials.

Five years after we built our home, I am still finding nails and screws while digging the garden!

I say all of this because January is like an old car - hard to start and because good housekeeping and self imposed best practices are the most credible route to efficiency, productivity and budget control.  
The costs and interruption caused by spoiled or stolen materials, mount up rapidly on an active building site, which is poorly managed and in a confusing mess; difficult to resolve and get back on track.

One of the most effective ways to combat this, from the very start, is to develop a culture of tidying up at the end of each working day, creating designated areas for the protection of materials and the collection of scrap and waste.

Shipping pallets around a stand pipe and a small run off trench can avoid considerable mud and puddling on the building area. Washing down the casting route, and bridging boards, as well as wheelbarrows will make the future job that much easier.

The king of site storage and security is without a doubt, the 20’ shipping container.

This is the ‘bread and butter’ of ECMIL shipping. It not only creates material protection and security, but makes a ready made short or long term site storage, if you have made the appropriate arrangements to rent or purchase the container.

With ease, ECMIL can deliver all roofing and accessories, rebar, welded mesh, nails and PVC pipes and conduits, even wheelbarrows, all in the same package.  This translates to greater efficiency in supply and security, saving on time and inevitably, your budget.

Contact your ECMIL sales representative today and discuss
a consolidated package of building materials for your next project.

We hope that you have enjoyed our stories, product details, commentary and suggestions in our monthly newsletter, during 2016. Thanks for being such a receptive audience and don’t just read it, pass it on and urge your colleagues and friends to join our list. We look forward to bringing you much more about your Caribbean steel supplier in the coming year.

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The Management and Staff of
East Caribbean Metals Industries Limited
wish our valued customers, partners and friends
a wonderful Festive Season
and a productive and successful 2017!

NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.

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