After completing the first phase of the renovation at Machinefabriek Boessenkool, i.e. the realization of the new office section, the second phase has started. This second phase of the renovation of Machinefabriek Boessenkool means that the facade of the old factory will be partly demolished and replaced by a completely new facade. Not only the office part, but also the factory will soon be made sustainable and ready for the future.
Time capsule from 1956
During the demolition of the current facade of Machinefabriek Boessenkool, the memorial stone from 1956 was carefully removed and a remarkable find was made. Behind this memorial stone was a real time capsule in the form of a sealed copper tube containing a letter for posterity that gives a nice picture of the relevant time period. The letter contains company information such as the parties involved in the construction, the size of the machine park and the hourly wages, iron prices and annual turnover. Facts for posterity when the machine factory moved to its current location in 1956.
A rich history
What started in 1902 as a garage for T-Ford automobiles has become a major machine factory more than 120 years later. At the end of the 1950s, the garage section, once started by Johan Boessenkool, was discontinued and the machine factory was built at the current location on the Turfkade in Almelo, led by son Nico Boessenkool. Machinefabriek Boessenkool, as part of the Osse Equipment Manufacturing Group, has now grown into a reliable partner and supplier of parts and equipment. But Machinefabriek Boessenkool is also active worldwide as a manufacturer of complete machines and products.
Ready for the future
With the discovery of the time capsule of former director Nico Boessenkool, it is also confirmation for the current director Eelco Osse to look back every now and then and not to forget its special history. After making the office building and the facade of the factory more sustainable, everyone at Machinefabriek Boessenkool is once again looking at the here and now and the Boessenkool company is more than ever ready for the future.