Johannes Marinus de Jong, 75-Year Company Veteran, Dies At 91

Posted On: 5/20/2019

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Johannes Marinus de Jong
SLIEDRECHT, The Netherlands — Johannes Marinus de Jong, who served with de Jong Duke here for 75 years, is dead at the age of 91. He was the grandson of J.M. De Jong Sr., who founded coffee brewing equipment manufacturer de Jong Duke in 1897, and joined the family business when he was 16 years old.

Rising through the ranks, Johannes de Jong became a company director in 1972 and joined the supervisory board in 2000. Retiring in 2009, he remained an honorary member of the board.

In a memorial tribute, De Jong’s coworkers recalled his long, devoted service. “His concern and interest for the company and for his colleagues has always been great and remained so after he stepped down,” they wrote. “We will thankfully and kindly remember his great dedication, loyalty and commitment.”

The company, originally specializing in ironwork, expanded into coffee brewing equipment in 1957. It presently serves world markets from facilities in Sliedrecht, The Netherlands and Taylor, MI, in the U.S. It marked its 120th year in business and 60th anniversary in coffee equipment design and manufacturing at a two-day celebration in Rotterdam.