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1881: George R. Alston

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The history of the Group began with George R. Alston who founded Geo R. Alston and Company trading in the buying and exporting of local produce.
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1890

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1904

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1914

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1916-1918

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1920

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1921

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1926-1928

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1929

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1935

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1936

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1938

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1945

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1948

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1953

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1957

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1959

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1963

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1968

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1969: Merger of Alstons & McEnearney

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Four take-over bids ended in the merger of Alstons Ltd with Charles McEnearney and Co. Ltd, members of the worldwide Inch Cape Group.
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1971

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1972

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1973

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1974

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1975

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1976

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1977

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1978

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1979

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1980

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1983

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1984

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1986 – Dr. Anthony N. Sabga – Chairman Emeritus (ORTT, CMT, Hon. LL.D (UWI)

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Dr. Anthony N. Sabga came to Trinidad from Syria in 1930, and at the age of thirteen, worked in his father’s business.
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1987

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1988

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1991

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The ANSA McAL Centre for Psychological Research and UWI, St Augustine was formally opened.

1992

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ANSA McAL (US) Inc was established as a US corporation in Miami functioning as the Group’s worldwide procurement and logistics provider.
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1994

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1998

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1999

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The ANSA McAL Foundation Scholarship Programme was conceptualized by the late Dr Anthony N. Sabga, Chairman Emeritus.

2000

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2001

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Carib Brewery signed on as the exclusive sponsor of the Great Race which is now known as the Carib Great Race.

2002

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Penta Paints established the first Auto Refinish Training Centre in the Caribbean.
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2003

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2004

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ANSA Finance and Merchant Bank acquired TATIL and TATIL Life from ANSA McAL for TT$667m and changed its name to ANSA Merchant Bank Ltd.

2005

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ANSA McAL relocated its Merchant Bank from the old Gordon Grant Building on Independence Square to its new corporate offices at ANSA Centre, 11 Maraval Road, Port of Spain.

2005

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ANSA Merchant Bank launched its first mutual fund product.

2005

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McEnearney Alstons (Barbados) Ltd was changed to ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd.

2006

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The inaugural Caribbean Building Awards hosted by ABEL/Bestcrete and Penta Paints was held at the Andre Kamperveen Hall, Centre of Excellence.

2006

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2006

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ANSA McAL held an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service to commemorate 125 years in business.

2007

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2008

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CNC3 was granted a license to broadcast to Trinidad and Tobago’s viewers.

2008

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Trinidad Publishing Co. Ltd (TPCL) successfully commissioned its new printing press in Chaguanas.

2008

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EC$12m makeover for Carib Brewery in St Kitts & Nevis.

2009

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2010

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2011

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Mr A. Norman Sabga, Group Chairman and Chief Executive announced the Group’s decision to invest TT$310 million in the construction of a new clay block plan at Longdenville, Chaguanas.

2011

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ANSA McAL’s Executive took a ‘Leap of Faith’ with their three-year aspiration statement: Getting the People Basics Right, Building an Entrepreneurial Culture and Excellence in Execution.

2011

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Dr Anthony N. Sabga, Chairman Emeritus, received Trinidad and Tobago’s highest award, The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

2011

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Sissons Paints (Grenada) Ltd celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

2012

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ANSA McAL Ltd acquired Standard Distributors Ltd from Norman Finance Developments Ltd and Anthony N. Sabga Ltd.

2012

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ANSA McAL Ltd and Heineken International signed a Regional Partnership Agreement.

2012

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“With Boundless Faith” ANSA McAL commemorated Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence with the sealing of the ANSA McAL Time Capsule: 2012 – 2062.

2012

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ANSA Automotive opened Trafalgar Motors, the showroom of Jaguar and Land Rover, at the corner of Charles and Melborne Streets, Port of Spain.

2013

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TATIL celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary in the insurance industry.

2013

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ANSA McAL recorded the best revenue in its history – TT$5.9 billion.

2013

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Classic Motors unveiled the 2013 Honda Accord at the Trade and Investment Convention.

2013

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ANSA Merchant Bank and ANSA Automotive re-launched the Group’s “In One” Auto Financing plan.

2014

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ANSA McAL launched the new TT$400m state of the art ABEL Clay Factory in Longdenville, Chaguanas.

2014

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The Group held its first joint Shareholder’s Meeting and Group Exposition at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad, themed “Welcome to the City of ANSA McAL”.

2014

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Trinidad Match Ltd became one of the first companies to receive a Product Certification License from the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards.

2014

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McEnearney Motors opened its spanking new Ford facility at Charles Street, Port of Spain.

2014

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A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the University of the West Indies and ANSA McAL Ltd for construction of the Anthony N. Sabga School of Entrepreneurship and the Guardian Media School of Journalism.

2015

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A.M Best, a global credit rating agency affirmed TATIL as an “A” Excellent organisation for its outlook on financial strength and issuer credit.

2015

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ANSA Automotive signed a letter of intent with National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) which formalised the existing working relationship between the two entities.

2015

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Abel Building Solutions (ABS) was named Manufacturer of the Year (Large) at the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturer’s Association Dinner and Awards ceremony.

2015

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Trinidad & Tobago's Number One Inspirational Music & Talk Radio Station Sky 99.5 FM joined Guardian Media Limited

2015

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Diamond Motors unveiled its new showroom located at the Corner of Charles and Richmond Streets, Port of Spain, featuring the FUSO brand etc.

2015

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The ANSA McAL Champions Development Programme was initiated as the first long term internship programme within the Group.

2015

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The partnership between ANSA Coatings Jamaica and ASAPH Promotion unveiled a new dimension of coatings products and service at the opening of the Sissons Colour Shop, Jamaica

2015

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Guardian Media Limited, which was originally situated at St. Vincent Street, POS relocated to its ultra-modern facility at AMCO Compound, Chaguanas

2015

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Dr Anthony N. Sabga, Chairman Emeritus launched his autobiography titled ‘A Will and a Way’

2015

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Mr. A. Norman Sabga, Group Chairman and Chief Executive of the ANSA McAL Group was conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree by the University of the West Indies.
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2015

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Carib Glassworks Limited (CGL) participated in the Havana Trade International Fair (FIHAV) 2015

2016

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ANSA Motors officially launched its swanky multi-product showroom at the Corner of Chan Ramlal Street and the North Bound Lane Uriah Butler Highway, Chaguanas

2016

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Dr Anthony N Sabga, O.R.T.T Chairman Emeritus of the ANSA McAL Group received the Key to the City of Port of Spain by former Mayor Keron Valentine.

2016

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The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (O.R.T.T) which was put up for auction on e-bay, was returned to the people of Trinidad and Tobago by the ANSA McAL Group.
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2016

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ANSA McAL appointed NALIS as the custodian of the prestigious O.R.T.T.
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2016

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ANSA Motors, the local dealer for the Golden Dragon (GD) Bus Company, handed over the first 100% CNG Omnibus to the Trinidad and Tobago Association for the Hearing Impaired.
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2016

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ANSA Rentals, a division of ANSA Motors, partnered with leading international car rental brand Europcar to provide short and midterm rentals, and a chauffeur service in Trinidad and Tobago
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2016

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A new collective agreement for Grenada Breweries Ltd (GBL), for the period 2016 to 2019, was agreed and signed off before the expiry date of 31st May 2016.

2016

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Carib Glassworks Ltd, officially commissioned its Furnace 3 Plant in Trinidad and Tobago.

2016

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The acquisition of the Indian River Brewery, the third largest brewery Florida.
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2016

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Carib was named as the official Beer sponsor of the Trinibago Knight Riders team for CPL Cricket Tournament.
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2016

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Standard Distributors Limited officially re-opened ANSA House Showroom located at the corner of Queen and Henry Street, Port of Spain.
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2016

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ANSA Coatings Limited (ACL) launched its Sissons Colour Shops in Barbados
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2016

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Sissons moved fashionably forward with an innovative new launch of its “Tropical Moderne Collection” in time for the Diwali and Christmas season.
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2016

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Penta Paints Colour Shop was officially unveiled in Phil’s Hardware, Spanish Town Jamaica
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2016

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ANSA McAL (Barbados) finalised the sale of Trimart Supermarket chain of stores to Channell Supermarkets Inc.
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2016

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ANSA Coatings Limited signed on their first franchise in Barbados - H. Jason Jones.

2016

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The ANSA McAL Group celebrate its 135 anniversary at the Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain.

2017

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Caribbean Development Company Ltd (CDC) and Carib Brewery Ltd (CBL) settled a collective agreement with the National Union of Government and Federal Workers (NUGFW).

2017

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McEnearney Quality Incorporation launched its new Mazda Showroom at the MQI Complex in Widley offering $3000. cashback on any Mazda sold!

2017

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“Together, We are Family” campaign was launched at Movie Towne, Port of Spain to Executives.
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2017

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Carib Brewery Limited announced a three year partnership with Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL T20)
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2017

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The Carib Beer insignia lit up the “Model Beach Volleyball Tournament” held at Miami Beach, Florida
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2017

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Carib Glassworks Limited (CGL) achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification and became the first subsidiary in the Group to successfully transition from 2008 to the 2015 version.
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2017

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Dr Anthony Norman Sabga, O.R.T.T. Chairman Emeritus of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies, and one of the Caribbean’s most prominent business legends passed away at the age of 94.
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