Well, I can't say Deceuninck didn't warn me. After mailing my
letter of introduction to CEO Clement De Meersman I received
an e-mail from Ludo Debever, Corporate Communications Manager,
informing me the company would be closed for vacation during
the period I indicated I'd be in the area. However, I'm five
days ahead of schedule and was thinking maybe I'd catch somebody
Deceuninck, with 582 million euros in revenues and 3,000 employees,
primarily manufactures PVC systems for the construction industry.
Headquarters and an adjacent factory are located about five miles
from downtown Roeselare in an industrial area. Entering the three-story
building (built in 1998) I check in with receptionist Sandrine
Serpentier. I explain about receiving the e-mail from Mr. Debever
and wonder if he or someone else from his department is in today.
Nope, it turns there's only a skeleton staff here. But, helpful
and friendly receptionist Serpentier gets on the phone and makes
a few calls while I look around the reception area. It's a large
reception/lobby area as I count two 15-foot tall trees (real)
and nine 6-foot tall trees (real) scattered about the room. Piped-in
background music plays as I take a look at huge map of the world
hanging on a wall. Nearby there's a big glass display (12 feet
long by 6 feet wide) featuring a scale model of this site (head
office/factory). Back in 1937 Benari Deceuninck founded the company
and on a nearby wall hang framed pictures of his three sons (all
deceased) but, there's no picture of Benari Deceuninck.
Try as she could receptionist Serpentier can't find anybody around
to meet with me. I appreciate her efforts especially when you
consider it's her last day on the jobshe's had a five month
temporary position. One of the perks of working here according
to Serpentier are the free coffee, soup and soft drinks in the
two cafeterias. I have a feeling I would have received a warm
welcome from Mr. Debever.
Company website: www.deceuninck.com