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Sibling Rivalry or Brothers in Arms?

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

In the next article in our ‘It’s a Family Affair ‘ series we spoke to Deon and Simon Wilson, brothers who both work at Packaging Automation and have done so for over 20 years.

Deon joined #TeamPA in 1989 as a general labourer and is now our Delivery Driver working in our Projects Team. Simon joined #TeamPA in 1998 and is now our Seal Technologist working in our Test Kitchen on packaging development projects.

So, what we wanted to know was, are they feuding siblings like Noel and Liam Gallagher or Princes William and Harry? Or are they more like the famous Wright brothers, famous American inventors and pioneers of aviation or even Maurice and Richard McDonald who successfully launched the McDonalds franchise… let’s find out!

Tell us who joined PA first? How did you both come to work at PA?

Deon said: I started with PA approx. 30 years ago and then Simon joined in 1998. At that time we both worked together in stores.

Simon added: Deon was already working at PA when he introduced me and incredibly, we’re still here! We’ve both been here a very long time – nearly 60 years between us!

We asked them: what is it like working with family?

And on this point, they were unanimous!

Simon commented: It’s ok for us as we work in completely different teams and Deon is out on the road most of the time anyway but it’s good to be able to catch up every now and then and keep up to date with what’s happening in each other’s lives.

Has it been helpful working together during the global pandemic?

Deon answered : “It’s been a great way to just stay in touch during this difficult time and with a sister who works for one of our partners I also get the chance to see her occasionally too through work!”

We’re pleased to say that Deon and Simon are most definitely not feuding brothers and continue to maintain a healthy relationship without any negative impact from working together.

Coming next in our Family Affair series: Stu and Liam Bateson who are another father son team at PA.


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