For us, 'Family' is a deep-rooted notion. An attitude of how we approach life, a way we do things and why we do them. A sense of pride and respect for people you care about and care for. The VanDrie Group employs people from all sorts of backgrounds, from all kinds of countries. This diversity adds shine to our company. We find this to be of value. We like to show you who the people behind the VanDrie Group are. that's why we introduce Patrick, who works for the Zuid-Limburg Schils.
Nothing escapes the eye of the eloquent 47-year-old Patrick Ruijters. As floor coordinator, he ensures that the machines of milk powder factory Schils in Sittard continue to operate optimally. He is also in charge of work schedules. He has worked there for 22 years now, and to his great satisfaction.
‘Every day is different. I have a lot of freedom in how I work and the atmosphere is good,’ says Patrick, who can be described as a unique mix of creativity, perfectionism and Limburg cordiality. After military service, six months in the construction industry and a career at a bicycle company, he started at Schils. We are not sure how he does it, but in addition to long day or night shifts surrounded by milk powder, he makes time for his Daniëlle and his ‘bonus children’ Liam (13) and Kiki (11), listens to music and is an mountain-biking fanatic. This tireless jack-of-all-trades is also a great photographer. He captures the most beautiful portraits and other subjects with his Hasselblad and regularly blogs for his photography website. Patrick started snowboarding a few years ago. ‘I prefer to do that in the mountains, on my powder snowboard,’ he says. Powder snowboard? “Yes.’ ‘Even on a winter sports holiday I can’t get away from white powder,’ he laughs.
Schils from Sittard is the number one international producer of young animal feed of the VanDrie Group, with buyers all over the globe. Schils makes products for calves, lambs and piglets. Products are exported under the Schils brand as well as private labels to more than 50 countries worldwide.
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