How it started… With his background in the cleaning world, Gert-Jan saw that there was a need to rent new cleaning vehicles. To respond to this demand, he and Denise started a rental company from home, AW Materieel, with a fleet of 3 garbage trucks. The fleet continued to expand, and over time, at the request of customers, more and more work was done on building third-party garbage trucks.
Erik works closely with Jan Jaap in his position as engineer. In our new engineering office, with a beautiful view at the AW Machinery workshop, the mechanics like to visit him to check whether they are on the right track, or to discuss new ideas. Conversely, a round through the workshop is also quickly made.
Pascal, like Kees, worked at the Dutch Ministry of Defense. He was a weapon mechanic at a combat unit, but there were not many career opportunities for him. He therefore looked for another job, started looking, applied for a job at AW Materieel and was hired.
Hinko is our service technician and therefore also our company's business card! He approached AW Materieel because he was looking for a new workplace: a workplace with a good atmosphere and closer to home. While searching, he ended up on the AW website. This gave him a good impression, and he was very interested! Once the contact was made and his expectations were confirmed, he made the switch.
Allard is AW's business card. He knew about AW because he worked at one of our suppliers. This was a larger organization and the need had been there for a long time to work within a smaller organization, an organization with shorter lines. His current position, customer relations manager, was created for and with him. A great opportunity that he grabbed with both hands.
After a few wanderings I am back at AW Materieel. I used to work here for a few hours a week. Now work 3,5 days at AW. The nice thing about my job now is that it is very diverse. From making purchase invoices, keeping track of the bankaccounts to make quotations. Because of this I have a lot of contact with different colleagues. The AW team is very nice. Everyone is treated equal and that makes you feel very appreciated. No one is more or less, we need each other.
Jeroen came to AW for an assignment as a freelancer (welder) years ago and has never left! We can say that welding is his true passion. Jeroen does all the welding within AW Machinery. He likes to work independently and has a private workstation at AW Machinery.
Kees is a mechanic in heart and soul! He started his career at the Dutch Ministry of Defense and now works at AW Materieel. Years before his employment he was informed about AW through his former colleague (Pascal), who switched from the Dutch Ministry of Defense to AW already.
Enrico is working at AW since 2020. He started out as a mechanic in the AW Materieel workshop, but soon ended up in the new Machinery workshop. The perfect place for him! Enrico likes to build new crane hook vehicles, but helping out with the final assembly of washing units also works perfectly for him.
Klaas is our friendly retired driver. He does not have to work, but WANTS to work and does so with great pleasure. Many customers already know Klaas. Klaas has been delivering cars for my years.
Alfred is our planner. As a customer, there is a good chance that you have ever spoke to him on the phone. He arranges appointments, facilitates all service requests and deliveries and knows well what is going on, both internally and externally. We can say that he is the pivot of AW Materieel!
In her position as controller, Marijke has contact with everyone within our company. She works at AW since september 2019. She wasn't really looking for another job, but when she discovered this job was vacant and looked at the AW website, she thought: "I would like to work here!" The pages 'about AW and the society' and 'CSR' particularly appealed to her.
Piotr was an agricultural mechanization mechanic. One day he ran into Jeroen (our welder) and started talking to him. Jeroen convinced Piotr to come and have a look at AW. No sooner said than done. He was given a nice tour, found the people to be friendly and the versatility appealed to him. You may have already guessed: Piotr has also been working for us for a while.
Boukje is our sweet, and cheerful secretary employee! She started at AW as cleaner and worked her way up to her current position. Partly because she got a lot of confidence from the team, she is now multi-deployable. She has a fixed package of tasks, but also does many ad hoc activities. She coordinates most of the work with Denise, Marijke and Alfred.
Jan Jaap started as a graduate at AW to get his HTS Mechanical Engineering degree. At the time, he developed the first washing unit together with Gert-Jan (co-owner). Once on board, he was given a generalist position: from taking care of the AW Materieel rental fleet planning to drawing work and managing the AW Machinery workshop.
Yorick knows a lot and does various things! Starting as a work planner, he took on the position of team leader AW Machinery (through the recommendation of his colleagues). One moment he is busy with ordering stock and purchasing materials, the next moment he is managing the workshop employees.
Sipke joined us in 2021, after having completed 2 internships at AW, just like his colleague Lucas. Sipke is one of the 1st class of students of the new training Specialist Mobile Technology at the Friesland College in Heerenveen.
Last academic year, Francois did a project with 3 fellow students at AW Machinery, in which they designed a bicycle washing machine. The contact was very good and Francois wanted to do his 3rd year internship with our engineers this academic year.
Lucas recently joined us, after several internships in different years at the ROC Friese Poort in Emmeloord. He joined our AW Machinery team. In the welding area he works closely with colleague Jeroen.