HOW IT ALL STARTED FOR MOBA
Job Mosterd was born in 1916 in Barneveld the Netherlands, the son of an
egg trader. Job and his siblings helped their father with the business from
an early age. Their task was to pack eggs in wooden crates. After primary
school, Job went to the ULO, which is similar to today's VMBO (Dutch
preparatory vocational education). After the first year, the headmaster told
his father Hannes: "The boy is not a straight-A student, but he will find his
way in commerce or technology. Take him out of school. If you ask me, it is
a waste of money."
That message came as a bit of a shock. Nevertheless, father Hannes
followed the advice, to the delight of the young Job, for he saw his chance
to devote himself to his great passion - technology. In the shed behind
the family home, the first inventions were soon born. Job devised a bicycle
powered grinding machine and a column drilling machine, also powered by
At one point, the young technician found a second-hand machine that
passed for an egg grading machine. The machine was dismantled and
rebuilt, but this time based on the inventor's own design and insight. The
aim was to produce a fast, precise grading machine. When Job was
satisfied with the result, he invited a few friends, who were local egg
traders, for a demonstration. It went off without a hitch.
This prototype was sold to a local egg merchant, and this marked the start
for Moba from Job's surname Mosterd and the town of Barneveld.
Job's vision and passion for the egg industry live on in Moba, and to this
day are the driving force behind the success of the company. There are now
fourteen subsidiaries all around the globe and a worldwide Moba team
consisting of 800 dedicated employees. The head office is still in the same
place in Barneveld. Job Mosterd's Moba is an international company that
has kept the name of its founder alive.
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