Word of mouth counts, and Dolphin Bay’s reputation for quality and reliability is spreading in Kenya.
Lakewood Timber Treatment signed a deal with us this year after considering which CCA chemical supplier to choose for some time. The question was clinched for them by a strong recommendation from another of our clients in the country.
Lakewood is situated about 30km outside Kenya’s fastest-growing town, Eldoret, in a place called Kapsabet. It is in the Great Rift Valley, where many world-class marathon athletes come from.
Lakewood owner Chris Yego runs his company slightly differently to many Kenyan timber treaters in that his core business lies in supplying his own five depots around the country. These depots concentrate on selling agricultural fencing poles rather than utility poles for the parastatals’ tender market – although Lakewood does sell treated timber to this market too.
“Chris Yego of Lakewood is entrepreneurial – a real go-getter who runs a tight ship.”
The company is expanding and is in the process of setting up a sawmill, which will both cut and treat structural timber. Lakewood is also commissioning a second timber treatment plant.
“Chris is entrepreneurial – a real go-getter who runs a tight ship,” observed Wayne Driemeyer, the Dolphin Bay Sales Executive for East Africa.
Wayne visited the company several times and Chris was initially on the fence about taking on our South African company as a CCA supplier. He quickly changed his mind when another client, Silverwood, told him how working with Dolphin Bay had helped their own business.
Chris started Lakewood Timber Treatment in 2016 and is “committed to meeting our consumers’ needs, specifically in Nandi County and Uasin Gishu County in Kenya,” he said.
“We are setting up a new timber treatment plant in Kiplombe in Uasin Gishu County, in addition to acquiring a new machine in our current plant.
“We are a new customer for Dolphin Bay, but I look forward to building a long-term, reliable relationship with the company and to future business deals,” he added.