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Two Batamen with 25 years Service - 1953
He spent six months in Belgium, opening shops and extending the Bata organisation there, and went to Tunis as assistant shops inspector for Tunisia.
When he came to the export department. at East Tilbury, in May, 1938, it was considerably smaller than it is now. Just before the War, he went with it to Cambridge. In 1940, Mr Arpad Ronai, who was in charge of the West Indies section, left for that territory, and Mr Mizia was transferred to East Tilbury export department.
“Export was naturally restricted during the war,” he said to Bata Record, “but it made rapid strides afterwards, and the department has grown to b e one of the most important in the British Bata Organisation.”
Valter Mizia, in charge of the British West Indies section of the export department since 1949, completed 25 years’ service with the Bata Organisation yesterday, and, on behalf of members of that organisation, “Bata Record” extends him sincere congratulation.
It was on October 8th, 1928, when he began his Bata career, in the leather factory school, at Zlin. He was subsequently moved to a conveyor in the lather factory, where he stayed for a few months before being transferred to the export department.
So, except for a short period at the beginning of his service, he has specialised in export business throughout his career.
He first worked in the statistical section of the export department at Zlin, and then went to the selling section. He gained practical knowledge of selling at the main shop in Prague, and was placed in charge, first of the Belgian department, and then of the North African and West Indies sections.
Another British Bataman to complete his 25 years’ service this week, is Rostislav Chlup, one of the senior members of the Company’s staff at the West Indies Office, at Jamaica.

It was just 25 years ago today that he joined the rubber factory, at Zlin, as a clerk. He was moved on promotion to the control department, and in 1938, to the export department. He transferred to British Bata when he was posted to Jamaica, where he has been ever since.

While there he has played several roles of supplier, parts controller and supervisor of the production unit, which was set up during the war years when shoe exports from Britain were negligible. Today he is assistant controller in Jamaica.

VALTER MIZIA AND ROSTISLAV CHLUP
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