Subcontractors to Matrix get paid

Nineteen sub-contractors that were
employed by Matrix International Ltd. in 2007 to assist with scrap-metal
removal have been paid.

Company representatives collected
cheques totalling nearly 281,000 from Premier, W. McKeeva Bush.

Though the Cayman Islands
Government had no direct contractual arrangements with any of the Matrix
sub-contractors, and is not legally obligated to settle any of the company’s
outstanding bills, Government decided to settle the debt to prevent the loss of
small-business owners.       

“Although times are financially
tough, it is important that small businesses like you are paid,” Premier Bush
told the sub-contractors as they collected their cheques.

while we were the opposition I said that government had caused a contract to be
made and I felt it was wrong that everyone, except the small businesses
involved, walked away from the deal with money. We’re happy that
you are paid what you’re owed,” he added.

Commenting on the payment, A1 Rentals Manager Tom
Buckner said, “It feels great to finally collect this money.”

Perry Ebanks of Perry’s Roofing and Backhoe added,
“It shows that some governments work and take small businesses into

In March 2007 the Cayman Islands Government entered
a 12-month contract with Matrix International Ltd. for the removal of scrap
metals from the George Town Landfill.

In September 2007 the Government declared that
Matrix had defaulted on its obligations after the company missed contracted
payments. By November that year, Government had ceased all operations with

Until recently this left several local
sub-contractors that had provided trucking services, heavy-equipment rental and
labour to the company unpaid.


Nearly $281,000 was paid to subcontractors that assisted Matrix International Ltd. with scrap-metal removal in 2007. Accompanied by Community Affairs Minister Michael Adam, right, and Councillor for Housing Ellio Solomon, third from right, and Premier W. McKeeva Bush, second from right, handed out the cheques.
Photo: Submitted