TOFCO is led by an experienced management team averaging 26 years of industry expertise, and employs a professional staff including project management, project engineers, safety professionals, craft superintendents and rigging professionals.
Our skilled craftsmen of welders, fabricators, riggers and others are cross-trained across several disciplines.
“TOFCO has grown this company organically and taught people how to work as team. We’ve transferred technology to the island and empowered the local community. We continuously train and re-train our employees to ensure we are on par with international standards and abilities. Our training is client specific, depending on the craft and based on what the client specifies. Mentorship programs enhance skills and lead to career development.
TOFCO has many examples of bringing people from entry level positions into positions of leadership, Javed is one of those examples. He says TOFCO believes in building its people and mentoring them. “Our turnover is very low. These people come to us looking for opportunities, they are loyal to us and in turn we ensure they continue to grow.”
“My job is to ensure there is a healthy environment,” Rhonda says calmly. Her cool demeanour serves her well as she is part of a continued effort by TOFCO to progress relations between the company, its workers and the community.
TOFCO has a holistic approach to its workers and the communities of La Brea and environs with as many as 66% of its staff residing in the area. They benefit from numerous opportunities for training and development at all levels of the company.
TOFCO also engages in charitable work within La Brea, including beautification of the community and support for other charitable initiatives for almost 13 years now.
She says, “TOFCO is here to stay. Management has a genuine love for the community and we are dedicated to its development.”
The Juniper fabrication project was the HSE team’s biggest challenge to date because of unavoidable delays and intense work schedules which introduced new levels of risk and created new safety challenges. The team worked more than two million man hours on Juniper without a lost time incident.
TOFCO prides itself on its outstanding safety record. Crystal attributes this record to TOFCO’s training, processes and philosophy: “nobody gets hurt, be your brother’s keeper, and send you home the same way you came in the morning.”
Crystal began her career at an early age and has been a health and safety professional going on 17 years now.
A leader on the front lines, Rudy says he places special emphasis on safety – one of TOFCO’s core values.
On the Juniper project, Rudy was responsible for not only TOFCO’s 37-acre fabrication facility, but also the workers, who at project’s peak was a 750-person workforce.
Rudy attributes the team’s ongoing success to extensive planning and communications. He encourages workers to share information, whether it is pointing out any issues or concerns, or to highlighting good work.
Bernadine has been with the company from inception and is a member of the La Brea community.
She joined TOFCO as a maintenance person but her active nature found her helping out in various areas during the company’s early days. She received training and eventually advanced to become the HSE Medic.
Bernadine is one of the first people new employees meet and also provides training in job safety analysis (JSA).
Platform fabrication is project-based, which affects TOFCO’s employment capacity. Bernadine was let go in 2012. However, she was rehired in 2015. She believes strongly in the company’s contribution to the community.
“TOFCO brings a lot of value to La Brea, by employing so many people and providing training. They also invest in the community.”
Larry and his team had chief responsibility for the rigging work on the Juniper project. His first project as Rigging Superintendent was one of the largest rigging jobs undertaken in the history of platform fabrication in the country.
It was both an incredible challenge and experience for the team.
“In the past, we had expats teaching us,” Larry said. “I have to really thank management for pushing us to step up and work on our own. One must always strive for excellence, for better.”
TOFCO has a strong reputation in the industry for its rigging and Larry believes that they are the best riggers in the region. “Our training, planning and coordination – what we do, no one else in the Caribbean can do.”