‘The nice thing about our trade is that you can develop things yourself. What I mean is that you can develop the thickness, quality and types of yarns, and also the technique, height, colour, drawing, sizes and shape. You can determine everything yourself, naturally in consultation with your suppliers. This also makes us stand out from everyone else in the market’, said Edwin Tromp, owner of De Munk Carpets.
‘What I really like about our company is that we supply top-quality products. We’re a committed company and extremely proud of our employees. It’s always special when a custom-made carpet we’ve worked on with so much passion actually arrives. It no longer just exists on a computer screen – it has actually come to life.’
It’s not only De Munk Carpets that is celebrating an anniversary. Jack Schouten, who is in charge of logistics, has been working at the company for thirty years. ‘I was nineteen when the former owner, Frans de Munk, who was a customer at my father’s barbershop, asked me whether I’d like to work for him. That was in 1991, and I’ve never left,’ laughs Jack.
John Brugge is an Account Manager and has been in the profession for over 35 years. It’s clear that he has commercial blood running through his veins. He talks enthusiastically and bursts with passion about his life as a representative. ‘When I leave the house in the morning, I want to be working with my customers to get the best possible success rate’. It’s wonderful to be able to put our carpets on the market and to bring in orders. It’s really my mission.’
Ellen van Lent
Ellen van Lent is at the heart of the carpet firm’s administration. As the Office Manager, this sixty-year-old lady takes care of everything connected with orders at De Munk Carpets. ‘I feel perfectly at home here,’ chuckled Ellen. ‘I enjoy the fact that we work in a small, tight-knit team. I also like it that you get the freedom to do things your way.’
Erwin van der Vegt
Erwin van der Vegt is good with his hands and he was a welcome addition to the team at De Munk Carpets. Seven years ago, Erwin spent six months in the warehouse helping his neighbours Edwin and Mirjam out of a fix. ‘I was between jobs at the time and they were looking for a temporary employee. It was the perfect solution for everyone’, said Erwin.
Bikkel & Diesel
The two labradoodles Diesel and Bikkel complete the tight-knit team at De Munk Carpets. ‘I’d wanted a dog for a very long time,’ explained Mirjam. Edwin is crazy about dogs, but he knew they can be a lot of work. After all, how can you combine looking after dogs with a busy job? Naturally, I had thought of everything. We could bring the dog into the office, just like my brother does. That was how lovely, docile Bikkel came into our lives seven years ago.’