MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Nothing brings a company together like a barbecue. At least, that’s what Erb Transport believes.
Every summer from June until September, each Erb Transport terminal across Canada treats their employees, customers and their families to a free breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, to show its appreciation for another successful business year.
Today, Erb’s Mississauga terminal hosted its appreciation barbecue for all employees and customers in the Mississauga area to enjoy.
According to Katie Erb, account manager for the company, it is a day that all of Erb’s staff and customers look forward to every year.
“Sometimes employees, especially drivers will go to other terminal’s barbecues if they can’t make their own home terminal’s barbecue date,” she said. “These events for us really boost employee morale and really, it brings everyone together. It allows you to meet people that sometime you only exchange emails with. Because our company is spread out all over Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba…sometimes you don’t always get to meet the people you exchange emails with on a daily basis.”
Katie said where she works out of, Erb’s North Bay terminal, close to the whole city comes out to celebrate at the company appreciation day.
“Each terminal always has a pretty good turnout,” she added. “Especially the Baden terminal – the event there runs for a full 24 hours.”
Erb keeps the times of the barbecues open in order to ensure each and every one of their employees can join for at least one meal during the day. The Mississauga terminal began serving breakfast at 4 a.m. this morning and will serve dinner until 8 p.m. tonight, Katie said.
“Trucking isn’t 9-5 so our barbecues aren’t either,” she said. “Our drivers are what drives our business so we want to make sure they can attend. And our office staff too. Some of them work different shifts and we want to make sure the event caters to them too.”
Erb’s next employee and customer appreciation takes place Thursday, August 18 at its Baden terminal at 5 p.m. for dinner.