Local companies join forces

NIPP's Saverin McKenzie and Susan Watty from O.D. Brisbane
NIPP’s Saverin McKenzie and Susan Watty from O.D. Brisbane

O.D. Brisbane and Sons has joined forces with Nature Island Paper Products Inc (NIPP) in a move which it is said will have an impact on the manufacturing sector in Dominica.

CEO of O.D. Brisbane and Sons Ltd, Suzanne Watty, announced on Tuesday morning that the company, effective November 1st 2013, will become the local distributor for the products produced by Nature Island Paper Products Inc (NIPP).

O.D Brisbane and Sons will discontinue the importation of its brands of tissue paper to facilitate the distribution of these products.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Managing Director of NIPP, Severin McKenzie, said “the fact that O.D Brisbane & Sons has discontinued the importation of its brand of tissue paper to facilitate the distribution of the products of Nature Island Paper Products Inc. demonstrates a genuine interest on the part of O.D Brisbane & Sons in the growth and survival of his company at a time when locally produced goods encounter stiff competition from imports.”

Mckenzie pointed out that discussions on the matter began in 2010 when NIPP was launched.  He noted that despite the fact that the manufacturing sector is plagued with various challenges, the offer by O.D Brisbane to partner with the company has put into perspective a paradigm shift of how manufacturing is supposed to go.

He pointed out further that with O.D Brisbane & Sons assuming the responsibility of distribution, this will allow NIPP Inc. more time and resources to dedicate to quality control and production.

Watty added that the alliance with NIPP is a natural one.

“We have been interested in local products and we have always aligned ourselves with local manufacturers, and this alliance with Nature Island Paper Products seems natural and almost like it was meant to be. We had a few delays but that is what makes it work,”  she said.

The relationship established between O.D Brisbane & Sons and Nature Island Paper Products Inc. is expected to stimulate growth in the manufacturing sector and encourage investment in the manufacturing industry.

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  1. British Citizen
    October 30, 2013

    This is a great move towards nation building. Keep up the good work.

  2. Dominican woman
    October 29, 2013

    That’s Great news!!! :)

  3. anonymous
    October 29, 2013

    Alas I wish I could be so optimistic about this merge, but all I see is $$$. Dominicans die prices going up soon for toilet paper, just you wait and see..

  4. Beautiful
    October 29, 2013

    The toilet paper that is made here is dreadful. It can’t even be torn off the roll properly! I wish everyone luck but please make and sell a good product. I believe this is a Chinese product done locally! Sorry DNO you will probably not print this but it is fact!

  5. vieille case
    October 29, 2013

    caricom? the leaders have not been able to creat any thing (new) just beg all the same slavy leaders

  6. Not a herd follower
    October 29, 2013

    What about the Venezuelan market? They have a shortage of toilet paper there

  7. %
    October 29, 2013

    Love you all Brisbane and McKENZIE.
    WHO JAH BLESS NO MAN CURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Brisbane thanks for your TREMENDOUS love for Dominica and its people,same to you Mr Mckenzie. You all are good examples that our children need to look up to as you all strive with heart, body and soul to keep this poor
    country afloat.
    MAY YAHWEH BLESS YOU ALL IMMENSELY, AND MAY THE sword of the wicked, burn in their hands, whenever it is pointing towards your direction.!

    • concern
      October 29, 2013

      I would think that you would know to pray for your enemies and don’t forget if you wish someone bad it might just happen to you, because God don’t like ugly

    • Objectivity
      October 30, 2013


      As opposed to what – False patriots???

      Who are you to decide whom is a patriot or if they are real or false?

      You not God, but you seem to play one online – but he said, in my own words, beware of those who preach righteousness as if they can do no wrong.

      McKensie & OD Brizie – congratulations and keep up the corroborative effort.

  8. "O" STRESS"
    October 29, 2013

    Good move and hope that is the beginning of things to come for our farmers and other independent persons, like O.D. Brisbane looking for other stakes holders. {that’s the terms used.}
    will partner with other sectors with a view to move Dominica and our economy to the next level. When its good say its good that should be our motto!


  9. rina
    October 29, 2013


  10. %
    October 29, 2013

    These are the things I like to hear about Dominica and Dominicans.Not thievery, insult,ineptness and GREEDINESS.
    Brisbane would be a good president.

    • truth
      October 30, 2013

      u have to be one off his moochers. trust me. presidency? that’s far fetched. he need to start treating his workers good first

  11. T mama
    October 29, 2013


  12. Hmmmm
    October 29, 2013

    Brisbane for President!

  13. NYC
    October 29, 2013

    this is a perfect example of bussiness partnership lcoally

  14. aok
    October 29, 2013

    that,s the way to go .Love for country, love for people.is work we working.i hope the big man, will not come and cast negative comments again.no name-no warrant.

  15. warma
    October 29, 2013

    That’s a positive development, altho some of the things said in this article are to be expected, like ODB dropping its imported lines of paper products; surely NIPP would not go into an agreement with a distributor who simultaneously distributes items that it competes with. That’s standard operating procedure with any manufacturer who establishes bestows exclusivity on a distributor.

    Having said that, I am a bit perplexed by this statement; “The relationship established between O.D Brisbane & Sons and Nature Island Paper Products Inc. is expected to stimulate growth in the manufacturing sector and encourage investment in the manufacturing industry.” How so? What does ODB’s distributorship arrangement with one entity, NIPP, have to do with the manufacturing sector of Dominica insofar as it relates to other manufacturing? How is it supposed to stimulate growth and investment in anything else? I don’t see the corelation – maybe someone at DNO or whoever wrote this story can draw a line between the two. I hate to sound cynical but I just don’t see the connection. Will ODBs distributorship deal spur growth in textile manufacturing, for example? Do tell.

    • One Love
      October 29, 2013

      as YOU said YOU DON’T “SEE” there is none so blind as he who will not …………….SEE

      • warma
        October 29, 2013

        ok – well why don’t you show me? Since you can “see”, don’t you think the most appropriate thing to do is to shine a light on what it is others cannot see?

        Typical troll – cannot answer the question so you resort to attacking the messenger.

      • Sylvester J Cadette
        October 30, 2013

        Hello One Love ! Greetings!! If You Can see then It would be better to educate your fellow man rather than calling him lind and rediculing him/her. Frankly your comment doesn’t help. If you are “SMARTER” then enlighten – I’m sure most would be happy to learn.

        To comment on the Partnership and the manufacturing sector,the move in and of itself may not necessarily be the causative factor to increasing manufacturing.

        However, with a renewed CONFIDENCE IN LOCAL MANUFACTURING by the partnership that can Further boost confidence levels of other entrepreneurs to form partnerships, consortiums, joint ventures etc. IN THAT THERE IS SOME CORRELATION.

        I hope this helps.

      • Sylvester J Cadette
        October 30, 2013

        SPELL CHECK on my previous comment: Blind and not lind; ridicule and not redicule

        It pays not to be in ahurry

    • Not a herd follower
      October 29, 2013

      same question I have

    • Ann Derass
      October 30, 2013

      If you cannot see the co-relationship between manufacturing and distribution, then you need a crash course in business.
      Just imagine if all our cottage industries would develop their products and have them distributed by the various supermarkets how much employment will be created. Just a simple example.
      The difference is quality standards and being able to supply.

  16. Private
    October 29, 2013

    Great move…innovative business thinking…

    • warma
      October 29, 2013

      LOL – innovative business thinking? really? you’ve never heard of the concept of a distributing company entering into an agreement with a manufacturer to handle the sales and distribution of its product in a particular market on an exclusive basis? no? never heard of that? this is new territory? I have no problem with this commercial arrangement, but come on people, this is not new, this has been going on since man started the barter system.

  17. Canada
    October 29, 2013

    very excited News

  18. London
    October 29, 2013

    That’s the way to go. Dominica will benefit

    • Jimi Hendrix
      October 29, 2013

      Not necessarily. There can be a net benefit all around if there is no resultant increase in price to the consumer. If the price does not increase, then it will be a net benefit for everyone involved including the employees.

  19. Dominica_Lover
    October 29, 2013

    Buy Local… Local jobs stay here and furthermore, buy Caricom/OECS

    • One Love
      October 29, 2013

      DOMINICA YES …………. caricom/oecs- NEVER

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