Successful family day brings Group Joos employees together
On Saturday 17 June, Joos Hybrid opened the doors of its brand-new building in Haasrode to all Group Joos employees and their families. They were able to learn all about Joos Hybrid’s activities while having fun at our first ever family day, which proved to be a great success.
The family day had a packed programme of events. Four guided tours of the plant in operation were given between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. A group of food trucks and a bar supplied food and drink to all, and entertainment was provided in the form of an inflatable castle and a BMX stunt show.
For the employees of the other Group Joos units, the family day was an opportunity to find out all about the machinery at the new Haasrode plant. “Nearly 190 people attended our family day, which was a fantastic turnout,” said Eddy Bekaert, Plant Manager of Joos Hybrid. “We were able to show everyone our plant in operation, which is an impressive sight. At Joos Hybrid we produce more than 65 million postal items every year on top of our digital communication offering, and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to show the machinery that makes this possible to our nearest and dearest.”
The new plant on Haasrode’s Interlevenlaan offers many advantages compared to the old Jos Comsmail plant. It is still located near Leuven, but now we have much more space, easy access for trucks and the flexibility we require to absorb fluctuations in production.
The opening ceremony of the new Joos Hybrid plant took place several months ago. “However, we also wanted to do something special for our employees and their families,” Eddy Bekaert explained. “Normally we organise an annual barbecue for our employees, but this time we wanted to do something different and also invite family members and our colleagues from the other plants.”
According to Eddy Bekaert, one of the most positive aspects of the party was the fact that it brought all Group Joos employees together. “The combination of guided tours and entertainment created a pleasant atmosphere that made it easy for everyone to get to know each other. And, as a family business, we’ve always organised events to help us bond, such as anniversary celebrations and our annual Time-Out.”
For many people, however, the most memorable part of the day was the presence of their families. “During the guided tours I noticed that some of our machinery operators would ‘take over’ when we reached their part of the production line,” Eddy Bekaert added. “That meant they could tell their own children exactly what their job entails. I think that shows they’re extremely proud of their work.”