Hamon & Cie (International)
Louise Avenue gets the call as Brussels' main shopping street.
Located about a mile and a half from the city center it's home
to all the upscale shops and boutiques. It's on a side street
several blocks from Louise Avenue where I find Hamon & Cie's
blah and tired-looking headquarters. The six-story structure
looks to have been built in the 1950's.
Hamon's primary business is heat exchangers. Ever go by a factory
or power generation facility and see those massive chimneys or
water cooling towers? Those are Hamon's speciality. Founded in
1904, revenues total $792 million with over 2,100 employees for
the publicly-traded concern.
The furnishings and decor in the lobby/reception area look tired
and dated. A seven foot tall color photo of an industrial cooling
tower hangs on a lobby wall. Two men, one wearing a T-shirt with
"Adidas" splashed across the front, are manning the
reception desk They're awfully casually dressed and I wonder
if they're just filling in. Neither speaks English. I point to
the name of CEO Francis Lambilliotte on my questionnaire and
one shakes his head as if to say Lambilliotte's not here. They
make a call and a woman steps out into the lobby. I explain who
I am and what I do and the woman says Lambilliotte and his secretary
are both on vacation. The woman, who works in the shipping department,
goes on to say that the information gathered would soon be obsolete
anyway as the company is moving its headquarters in a few months
to the southern part of Belgium. I sure hope their new head office
has more of a professional look to it because image matters especially
when your company helps in the building of nuclear power plants.
Company website: www.hamon.com