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Central Bayaney
Hatillo

 
Date Established: 1917
Date Ceased Operations: 1923
Annual Production Graph
Average Annual Production: 1,607 Tons 
Best Production Year: 1922/2,652 Tons
Family Ownership: Susoni
Corporate Ownership: None
 
The July 1910 edition of The Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer reports that "Central Bayaney's organization is every week more certain of ultimate fulfillment".   It also states that "where the land is going to come from, only the promoters know and planters are taking to the heights and mountain slopes".  The August 1910 edition of the American Sugar Industry and Beet Sugar Gazette on page 295 states that Central Bayaney "was recently organized with a capital of $200,000 with its temporary Board of Directors being formed by Fernando Ledesma (1831-1917), Honorato Berga, Sebastian Bonet, Juan Pizá and Manuel Navas."  
 
The December 1916 edition of the Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturer states that "Bayaney is the only sugar mill to grind in the next season which is of recent organization".  It also states that "the machinery utilized in this factory came from the old Buena Vista factory which was operated by Messrs. Sobrinos de Ezquiaga of San Juan.  This corporation has a capital of $200,000 and its president is Mr. Francisco Susoni , a distinguished doctor who owns one of the best clinics in the island.  The cane district of Arecibo, which provides abundant raw materials for Centrals Coloso and Los Caños , will also furnish cane to this new Central."  Based on the foregoing, it obviously took a change in ownership and seven years from its initial organization for the sugar mill to begin operating.
 
The Louisiana Planter report that Bayaney's machinery came from the old Buena Vista factory in Carolina owned by Sobrinos de Ezquiaga, which closed down in 1912, conflicts with other reports that the Buena Vista machinery was installed at Central Progreso, also owned by Sobrinos de Ezquiaga; unless the Buena Vista machinery was split between both Progreso and Bayaney which is a distinct possibility. 
 
Bayaney drew its sugarcane from growers who formerly sent their sugarcane to  Los Caños  and  Coloso , both of which had planted additional acreage in lands of their own.  During its lifetime it reportedly suffered from lack water and operated only for a very short time.