ECHOES OF WINCO FOAM INDUSTRIES LIMITED

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Many groups, government agencies, schools and colleges as well as corporate organizations have continued to commend the Management of G.I. Okafor and Sons Limited, for using one of its conglomerates, Winco Foam, in helping to reduce unemployment in Nigeria. One of the government agencies is the Federal Road Safety Commission, that gave its commendation through the Anambra State Sector Commander of the Agency Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi when he led some top management of the command in Anambra State for Advocacy visit to Winco Foam Manufacturing Company at Agu-Awka Industrial lay out.

Apart from the latest commendation, the Standards Organization of Nigeria, SON, had issued the company with the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certificate. The certificate is awarded to companies that have passed the standardization tests on quality production in conformity with the production guidelines issued solely by SON.

Winco Foam Industries Limited was incorporated in 1983. Since then, the company has been living up to its goal of adding more comfort to people’s life. The company uses latest technology to give quality products of international best standards to the people.

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Winco Foam Industries Limited has a good and standard laboratory, in addition to safety assurance. Its products include ‘Winco Delight’, ‘Winco Comfort’ and ‘Winco Gold’. All these, have one year warranty. Other mattresses are ‘Winco Splendor’ and ‘Winco Merit’, which have one year warranty each. ‘Winco Elegant’ has three years warranty, while ‘Winco Orthopedia’ gives ten years warranty.

‘Winco Grandeur’, with five years warranty, is a pride to special homes. There are, ‘Winco Classic Pillow’, ‘Winco Super Pillow’ and ‘Winco Elegant Pillow’, with guaranteed qualities. Winco Foam Industries Limited also has Winco Hospital Mattress, Winco Cradle Mattress, Winco Bunk mattress, Winco Porta Mat and Winco Topper Mat.

There are also uncovered foams for cushions underlay, as well as foam sheets and blocks. Because of its quality production, the company has been receiving awards and accolades from far and near, including the one by the Institute for Government Research and Leadership Technology, which conferred an award on ‘Winco Foam Elegant Mattress Bond’ for its quality.

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However, the Winco Foam Industries Limited has some challenges facing its development, including poor power supply, counterfeiting and imitation of its products by unscrupulous elements. The use of generators has inhibited its capacity to meet the increasing demands from its consumers.

Other challenges are the high cost of production, influx of fake foams into the country and regulatory problems, among others. Although the odds against manufacturers in the foam industry have grown, making it difficult for some to break even, yet, Winco Foam has been able to weather the storms.

Winco foams are sold to the industrial sector for sound proofing, furniture manufacturing or for resell. They are also available to schools, hotels, and hospitals. Despite the high cost of raw materials, the prices of Winco Foam products are still stable.

Customers can place their orders on line at www.wincofoam.com. The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Dr. Godwin Ifeanyichukwu Okafor, is a one-time President of Foam Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. He hails from Isuofia in Aguata Local Government Area and has, through the company, which has branches in Awka, Lagos, and Abuja, employed over eight thousand people.

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Currently, Winco foam has opened a showroom in Awka office, at Agu-Awka Industrial Layout. Those who are into Hospitality industry, hospitals, maternities, schools with boarding facilities, among others, are advised to visit the Awka office to make purchases. The Management of Winco Foam is advising its numerous distributors to ensure that they sale the products as it is.

For using the Company in alleviating poverty in the state, our prayer is that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen Dr. Godwin Okafor, and give him more wisdom, as he pilots the affairs of the frontline Foam Manufacturing Company in Nigeria.

Winco – Foam, sleep well live better.

Written by NWOZOR NWOZOR

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