Founded in 1887, at the old Engenho Trapiche (Trapiche Mill) by José Maria Carneiro da Cunha to whom a state concession was granted for its construction. In 1929, the Mendes Lima Group took over the plant and around 1934 it was merged with Ubaquinha plant – also owned by the same group, under the administration of Manoel Batista da Silva. Sugarcane and Alcohol transportation was made through rail and barge. During this period, Gindaí hydroelectric plant was also inaugurated. In 1962 the plant was inherited by his daughter Helena Batista da Silva.
In 1975 the plant was sold to the Brennand Group, that upgraded the industrial park through significant investments, ranking it as one of the most modern plants in the country’s Sugar and Alcohol sector. It also stood out for its social responsibilities, developing systems of employee housing, education and medical assistance.
Luiz Antônio and Ricardo Brennand
In 1997, Trapiche plant was then under Luiz Antônio de Andrade Bezerra, owner of Usina Serra Grande in Alagoas. The knowledge and experience in the sector, including sugarcane cultivation in hilly relief and massive investments in the agricultural area, brought forth the largest Sugar production in the state of Pernambuco during the 1998/1999 harvest with 2,559,818 (50kg bags). With new hydraulic turbines, generators and a new intake channel, Gindaí hydroelectric plant leaped from a production of 1,600 kWh to 4,600 kWh.
In constant search for field and industry efficiency, we have been setting new records over the years. The attention to ecological balance established a new perspective upon the plant's land regarding the preservation of the remaining Atlantic Forest, Mangroves and the recovery of Riparian Forests at the region's main water resource, the Sirinhaém River.