Whenever Rien van Gool talks about his business, enthusiasm and commitment predominate. After working at Europa Kraanverhuur as a bookkeeper and director, he started ‘his’ Van Gool in 1984 – something he has never regretted over the course of over thirty years.
Rien: ‘During my time at Europa, I found out where my preferences lie, thanks to the contacts with Hoogovens (currently Tate Steel IJmuiden) and their demand for hoisting devices. In 1984, I took my chances and started a trading company into which I could put my heart and soul.’ In these thirty years, the company became mature, with almost 30 staff members, ISO, SCC* and EKH (recognised hoisting and lifting equipment) certifications, and a very broad customer base.
‘Around 1988, my son Mark started in the workshop. Meanwhile, he has moved up to the position of account manager and property manager. Another striking feature of this story is the employees’ loyalty to their employer. A glance at the workforce shows that in addition to commercial director Pieter van Duijn, who comes at the top of the list with his fourty-three years of service, and Mark, there are more people who can look back on many years of employment. To name a few examples: Aad Hollenberg started in the workshop in 1992, joined by Walter Zuiderwijk and Arjan Bosscher in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Tim Molhoek came to reinforce the office staff in 1997, followed by Sabine Brasser in 1999, Nicolette Derks in 2000, and many others afterwards.
Van Gool Hef- en Hijstechniek also proves that the relationship with the staff is not the only one that matters. Business is still being done with suppliers from the very beginning, such as Diepa, Riley or Straightpoint. The same goes for customers such as Tata Steel, Buko, GP Groot, and BAM.
We keep working on the further optimisation and growth of our company. Digitisation has made its entry with us as well; online certificates, a responsive website, and interconnected systems. These are in safe hands with Mela Coskun, our Managing director. In this way we make sure that you, as a customer and supplier, will be able to have the necessary information at your immediate disposal. We are far from finished. Your feedback is welcome. I appreciate the trust you put in us.