Company plans St. Thomas factory with cheaper alternative to concrete

ST. THOMAS - GigaCrete Caribbean LLC, a new subsidiary of the Las Vegas-based alternative concrete manufacturer, announced last week that it will set up its operations in St. Thomas, anchored by a factory and a model house.

The move will add a new construction wholesaler to an island that has only a small number of building materials suppliers.

The venture is led by Roger Minkoff, who also runs the real estate firm Minkoff & Associates, and Phillip Smith, the former Director of Building Permits at the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

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Going off the grid

Blue Water Terrace, a restaurant in St. Croix, has gone off the grid.

Using an interactive solar grid system with a 86.4-kilowatt solar array and 164 batteries that was installed last month, the restaurant now generates its own power.

The system at Blue Water Terrace will allow the owner to choose staying connected to WAPA as a back-up or going completely off-line.

The grid system went fully online April 18, coincidentally the same day the V.I. Water and Power Authority had a wide-ranging power outage on St. Croix.

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Seaborne Airlines has expanded its codeshare agreement with American Airlines, and the local carrier also has added a new seaplane to its St. Thomas-to-St. Croix route, with plans to add another plane.

Seaborne's codeshare partnership with American Airlines now includes St. Thomas and St. Croix, and customers booking Seaborne travel on the American Airlines website or through a travel agent can now accrue AAdvantage miles flying between the St. Thomas and St. Croix airports or to and from San Juan, Puerto Rico, from both islands.

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