The late 70s marked the beginnings of Neal & Massy’s IT and Communications business unit with the formation of Complete Computer Systems (CCS). Around this time, Neal & Massy made an impressive entry into Barbados with the computer dealership. Other Neal & Massy companies in the Eastern Caribbean included the equipment company in the French West Indies called Tirmarc; Plantrac (an equivalent of Tracmac), and Liquid Carbonic (Barbados). Copy Services Limited in Antigua; Office Services in Grenada and seven companies in Guyana reported through Neal & Massy Barbados.
Manufacturing operations in the Barbados Group included Tropical Battery Company – bought from a UK company and subsequently sold to Goddard Enterprises: a company that produced carbon dioxide gas, which was subsequently sold to Banks Brewery (the brewery now responsible for Coca-Cola. Plantrac in Barbados, like Tracmac in Trinidad, was the Caterpillar and Massey-Ferguson dealer however the company was sold in 2003 when the Barbados economy shifted from agro-based to tourism-based.
In the early 90s, Neal & Massy acquired the Geddes Grant Group which owned a number of companies across the region, including Brinks Barbados – a security firm. This firm was later converted into Securicor Barbados, currently the largest security firm in Barbados, and Neal & Massy now owns 49% of the company. At one time, the group of companies in the Eastern Caribbean was probably close to 20% of Neal & Massy’s total revenue. When Bernard Dulal-Whiteway became Group CEO, the furniture and appliance businesses in Barbados were sold to the Barbados Shipping & Trading Company (BS&T) which had acquired the 20% share block of Neal & Massy from Angostura in the mid 1990s.
Eventually, the Eastern Caribbean Group was reduced to CCS and Geddes Grant Barbados. With the change of the Group’s structure from geographical to vertical business units, the Eastern Caribbean Group was dismantled in the early 2000s. The Caterpillar dealership in Puerto Rico was sold, as well as the Geddes Grant interests in supermarkets, shipping and building supplies. CCS in Antigua became Illuminat Antigua and CCS Barbados became Illuminat Barbados. In 2004, the OECS Group included Illuminat Barbados, Arrow Developers (residential developing), Securicor and Iluminat Antigua.
In 2008, Neal & Massy acquired the Barbados Shipping & Trading Company Limited (BS&T) which has positioned the Group as one of the largest Caribbean corporations in the region.