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Evert van Oosterum

Managing Director

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Janine van Oosterum

Personal Assistant

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Gerard van Oosterum

09.02.1933-11.09.2015

How did it get this far?


Well, we have to dig into history for that. You grow up with it. In other words, you don't really know anything else. Grandpa van Oosterum once started a leather business a long time ago. Those were certainly not easy times. And a large catholic family from the South had to be fed. 5 brothers and 5 sisters. The brothers all wanted to work in the business. With Grandpa, their father. But there is sometimes a world of difference between wanting and being able to. One of the brothers, Gerard, lasts longer than the other brothers. To be exact, about 60 years.

Now that is what we call making a career within a company. Today we will no longer experience this type of employment. It was obviously more than an employment contract, it was a passion and that made it possible to keep it going for so long. Along the way, some of this typical leather virus was passed on to his own children. Brother and sister have found a way to continue the proud life's work of grandpa Jan and father Gerard.

  • 1929

    In the beginning...

    The birth of a company. At the time of the great financial crisis on Wall Street, the foundations were laid for a new company in Brabant. Many companies in the region are involved in leather in one way or another. Jan van Oosterum also sees opportunities in offering a good piece of leather to the countless shoemakers and leather factories. Trading company Van Oosterum Leder was born: import and export of leather. 

  • 1950

    Succes after the war

    Brabant is quickly emerging as the center of the leather industry. Tanners and leather companies are popping up like mushrooms. Van Oosterum Leder is growing steadily and is able to withstand the difficult times of war. After the war, his son Gerard van Oosterum joins his father's company. He learns the tricks of the trade and together they realize considerable growth. 

  • 1990

    From Breda to Raamsdonksveer

    In 1989 Gerard van Oosterum orders the construction of a spacious new building in Raamsdonksveer. The building on the Dombosch-I industrial estate is a lot easier to reach than the old, less logically arranged warehouse and office at 32-34 Steenweg in Breda. At the end of the 1980s, Jan van Oosterum had already retired. The company is continuing a good development under the focused leadership of Gerard van Oosterum. 

  • 2011

    The 3rd generation

    Until 2011, the daily management was in the hands of Gerard van Oosterum. In that year the third generation takes over from him. Son Evert van Oosterum, who is well prepared for this new adventure with the experience gained abroad, runs the company with the same principles and passion as the older generations: honesty, cordiality and love for the profession are paramount.

  • 2021

    92 years and optimistic

    We are writing the year 2021. The pandemic has not gone unnoticed. Our customers also include companies that have had fewer opportunities to maintain their business. We are grateful that we were allowed to remain largely open in our sector. There's no time to sit back and relax. So, we take a deep breath and put our shoulders to the wheel. We're not done yet...

Wat maakt een familie bedrijf anders ?

Er zijn boeken over geschreven. Is er iets wat de familie bedrijven onderscheidt van de rest? Er zijn hier meerdere antwoorden mogelijk. En als ik er een kenmerk uit moest halen, dan zou ik zeggen het " lange termijn denken".

Natuurlijk moet ieder bedrijf knokken voor het overleven op termijn. Echter, wij zien dit niet als een sprint, maar eerder als een marathon. We proberen ons niet te laten leiden door de "waan" van de dag.

Je moet goed in vorm blijven. Meebewegen. Al je relaties onderhouden, goede producten kiezen, betrouwbare leveranciers en alles uit de kast om te verkopen. Met passie. Leer maakt dat makkelijk. Leer is al emotie!

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Kantoor

Kantoor

"Ik zit vandaag op kantoor !" Alsof iedereen dan meteen weet waar je bent. Nu wordt die vraag zeker vaak heel anders beantwoord.  Sommige zaken laten zich echter niet via thuiswerk oplossen. Dus gaan wij nog steeds naar kantoor. En we voelen ons daar op ons gemak, daar hebben we zelf voor gezorgd. We ontvangen de klanten, nieuwe en bestaande, graag op kantoor. Beter gezegd, in het magazijn. Dat blijft voor ons een unieke ruimte en mogelijkheid om het gevoel wat bij leer hoort over te brengen.

Laat het ons weten wanneer je van plan bent om ons te bezoeken. Dan zijn we er helemaal klaar voor.

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