February 20, 2018

David Ramjohn, CEO of the La Grange-based algae business AlgEternal, reported last week that his company has harvested its first crop of red algae. A story about the business’s venture into red algae appeared in the Record on Dec. 29.

AlgEternal plans to use the product in a line of cosmetics called AlgAlure. Ramjohn said the first crop has been sent to a lab for testing. He said the company hopes to begin production of the cosmetics line in April.

David Ramjohn and his wife, Deokie.
The Record made its way to Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean courtesy of La Grange’s David Ramjohn and his wife, Deokie.

AlgEternal operates out of the old La Grange Dodge dealership on SH 71 west of La Grange. The facility has become a nighttime landmark on 71 after the business installed a bank of vibrant purple lights inside the lobby where the red algae is grown. The purple lights provide the proper wavelength of light needed by the red algae for photosynthesis.

Ramjohn, an expert in the algae industry, also recently spoke at the 21st annual Health, Safety, Security and Environment Conference put on by the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mohan Ramlochan, Deokie’s father
Mohan Ramlochan, Deokie’s father, seen here in cleanup efforts post Hurricane Harvey last August 2017.

The conference is the largest of its kind in the Caribbean. Organizers invited Ramjohn to speak on the topic “Environmental and Sustainable Megatrends: Private Sector Opportunities for Growth and Diversification”.

Ramjohn, a native of Trinidad, brought a copy of the Fayette County Record along on the trip.

“We take the most recent copy of the Record whenever we travel, wherever we go,” said Ramjohn, “The Record now has a circulation in Trinidad, small though it might be, because of our family and friends there who are now quite interested in the goings on in La Grange.”

recovery efforts in La Grange post Hurricane
Mohan Ramlochan (from Trinidad and Tobago), Deokie Ramlochan, Ramjohn and Brenda Fietsam (President of Noon Lions Club of La Grange) get ready to work on recovery efforts in La Grange post Hurricane Harvey last August 2017.

“We have been fortunate to have several members of both our families visit us and spend time in La Grange,” says David’s wife Deokie. “In fact, my parents were in La Grange when Hurricane Harvey struck and that delayed their departure by two weeks. My dad actually helped volunteer with the Noon Lions Club to clean up some affected homes.”

Source: The Fayette County Record

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