FIRST COMPANY OUTING
Since the earliest times, Damen has always held a belief in taking care of both its customers and its employees. The hard work has always been well balanced with fun and social activities. The very first Damen company outing took place in 1952, when the employees of the time were treated to a trip to the historic Dutch fishing village of Volendam. Pictured, second left on the front row, is a young Kommer Damen sporting traditional Dutch dress.
IN THE MEANTIME….
The 1950s were an era of technological and scientific advancement. During the decade, televisions and radio sets began to become commonplace in the home. It was during the 1950s that the first commercial passenger jet planes came into use. The DNA double-helix was discovered and the USA and USSR began to explore space via satellite technology.
KOMMER DAMEN’S HOLIDAY
Life along the rivers had begun slowly recovering from the devastation of World War II. The Damen shipyard had a healthy order book supplying the post-war reconstruction with much-needed workboats.
But the economy was still fragile and running a small family business demanded thrift and a sense of community. Jan Damen’s son Kommer spent these summers working on the farm run by the Mulders family – the same family that operated the Damen-built Zeldenrust foot ferry across the river Maas.