The Earle Companies’ First Employee Prepares for Retirement
Four Decades of Work Mark Career of Service and Dedication
History was made on Friday, March 29 at The Earle Companies in Wall, New Jersey when the company’s first employee, Grace vanAartrijk, retired after 45 years of loyal service. Grace joined the company on February 1, 1968. She had been an integral part of The Earle Companies’ growth, from being the only employee of a company with one piece of equipment to a company where she sas one of more than two hundred employees who oversee more than two thousand pieces of equipment.
Originally hired by The Earle Companies’ founder Walter R. Earle, vanAartrijk began her career with the company as an Administrative Assistant. She oversaw the creation of The Earle Companies accounting department then worked as Controller. Grace helped implement the company’s benefits programs and would go on to serve as Executive Assistant to Walter Earle II, Thomas Earle and Michael Earle, the position from which she retires.
“The last 45 years at The Earle Companies could not have been any better,” said vanAartrijk, reflecting on her career. “To be able to work with such a wonderful family and so many dedicated people through the years, and be there to watch the company grow, has been a profound source of joy in my life. I’m going to miss everyone at The Earle Companies very much,” she added.
“Grace’s significance to The Earle Companies is beyond description, as is her dedication to this business and her loyalty to our family,” said Walter Earle II. “She has been the true backbone of this company and one of its most respected individuals,” Earle stated.
“Grace is a true legend at The Earle Companies,” said Darlene Rasmussen, Human Resources director. “Her longevity with the company is a reflection of the The Earle Companies culture, a culture she helped forge and maintain through the course of her 45 year career here,” she said.
The Earle Companies bid a bittersweet farewell to Grace on her last day with the company, Friday, March 29, 2013. Grace will be moving on to the next phase of her life in South Carolina where she’s looking forward to spending more time with her daughter and sister.