Probat honours jubilarians for 50 years of service


Manfred Esters and Johannes Kersjes have celebrated their 50th company anniversary at Probat. At a festive ceremony in the Emmerich Societät, CEO Wim Abbing thanked Kersjes and Esters for their decades of commitment to the company.

“In an age characterised by frequent career changes within ever shorter time intervals, hardly conceivable today, Manfred Esters and Johannes Kersjes have been working for Probat for 50 years. Only the short and at that time still compulsory military service of 15 months in the 70s interrupted the professional career of both of them at Probat,” says Abbing.

“I have many memories with them, as they have been with me since I myself joined the company more than twenty years ago. I would like to sincerely thank you both for your many years of loyalty to Probat.”

Abbing presented them with a golden watch with personal engraving, which has become a tradition for the occasion.

After completing his apprenticeship as a machine fitter, Esters, who is now 64 years old, initially worked in grinder construction, then in roasting drum construction and has now been a safety officer for the two areas for more than ten years. Kersjes started his career at Probat at the age of 17 and is still responsible for quality control in the incoming goods department.

All Probat employees who have been with the company for 25 years or more can find their names on a wooden plaque in the company’s foyer. This is also an expression of the company’s appreciation for the people whose daily work has made the company what it is today: one of the market leaders in coffee processing plant and machinery.

Tina von Gimborn-Abbing, the great-granddaughter of the company’s Founder Theodor von Gimborn, also took part in the celebrations.

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