Children continue the life work of the suddenly deceased entrepreneur Tseard van der Wal from Boazum. ‘There’s a solution to every problem, he always said’

The business of Tseard van der Wal from Boazum, who died suddenly due to a fatal accident, is continued by the children. Eldest daughter Grytsje (36) partially quits her current job to make it happen and is the point of contact. They all work together behind the scenes: mother Pytsje, daughter Wimke and son Jorrit, each in their own way with practical or psychological help. Jorrit has a permanent job in the healthcare system, but thinks about where he can.

On Friday 12 August, Tseard van der Wal died at the age of 59 when he fell under a crane in their own private harbour. Now, nearly a month later, the outlines of his companies’ progress are clear.

‘It’s amazing how much support we get’

“It’s fantastic how much support we get,” says Grytsje. “It gives us extra support to put our shoulders under it.” The six permanent employees and one freelancer of the grain steel and coating company Van der Wal can trust that the Van der Wal family will do everything to continue Tseard’s life’s work. .

The employees also do everything they can themselves. Staalbouw Dijkstra in Wommels, which belonged to Tseard van der Wal, is also continued. An employee is active there. Stal fan de Slachtedyk, the daughter Wimke’s company, will also continue to exist. Father Tseard participated in this general partnership by providing the land. The retirement shed remains in the yard.

On the Monday after the accident in the company canteen, an agreement was reached: ‘We will go after it and put our shoulders to the wheel’

On the Monday after the accident, everyone gathered at 7 o’clock in the company canteen of the coating company. “We have all agreed on that: We will go for it. Everyone puts their shoulders to the wheel.” All tasks get the attention they deserve and need.

The Kerkpoortsbrug from Harlingen is one of them, a large work that is currently being prepared for. At the end of September, this bridge is blown up and sprayed in Boazum. Smaller jobs such as fencing for farmers in the neighborhood also continue as normal.

‘Without a website or app, just visit people and talk to each other’

Helps both suppliers and customers with advice and assistance. It does the family good, it also means for them that Tseard also did well. This means that his way of working was good in that he used local businesses for his jobs but also had local businesses as clients. Give each other something. “This is how we want to continue the business, the way it did. Without a website or app, but just visit people and talk to each other.”

The business support does them good. “They say business is tough, but luckily we haven’t felt anything yet,” says Grytsje. She herself works with education (three days a week for the MBO school Aeres in Leeuwarden as coordinator) and on her husband’s dairy farm in Abbega. They have a family with three children. They occasionally brought invoices and offers to her father, so luckily they are already used to something.

Customers still bring orders to the company

It’s also nice if customers just come back with orders. Grytsje: “On the Monday morning after the accident, I emailed all customers that we wanted to continue the business. The special thing was that until then it was very quiet at the company all morning, and that after that post the orders came in again by email and phone. I think it lowered the barrier for people to contact us.”

Tseard van der Wal started his company 25 years ago (April 1997), when he started his own business as an employee of Landustrie from Sneek. At Landustrie, he and his colleagues assembled the steel structure for his first Boazumer shed. “Landustrie has always been a good customer with us, and still is.” Currently, the company has more than fifty regular customers.

‘There is a solution to every problem and luckily we have a lot of support from each other’

It is not easy to take over such a company and immediately arrange everything properly with insurance, the bank, the tax authorities, the government. Grytsje: ,,I sometimes really finish it in the evening, but then I go to it fresh the next morning. For every problem there is a solution. That’s what my father always said, and I think so too. Fortunately, we have a lot of support from each other.”

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