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#MADEBYPEOPLE: Carlo Reniero

Being a great place to work is the difference between being a good company and a great company.
And the difference is made by our people, the same people who make this company a place of sharing, inspiration and positive energy every day.

On this episode of #MadeByPeople we’ll be starring Carlo Reniero, Tonello’s technologist and Denim Manager.

  • How long have you worked at Tonello and what role do you play there?

Since February 2015. I’ve always worked in the Research and Development Department as a washing and dyeing technician. Furthermore, last year I received a promotion to Denim Manager.

My job consists of developing the washing and dyeing processes through the use of our eco-sustainable technologies. I often travel to visit our customers, where I do training aimed at teaching the correct use of Tonello technologies.

  • In just a few words, tell us about your story in Tonello.

For me it was like taking a leap into the void: I came from a permanent but somewhat “static” job. I worked in the internal laboratory of a dry cleaner, and unfortunately I had no type of contact with customers.
Coming into more contact with them, travelling around the world, and speaking different foreign languages was a big leap, a huge change! I’m glad I did it, especially because I know that I have more opportunities to grow.

  • What does your work mean to you?

It’s an important part of my life, I’m happy because it’s what I studied for. Being an expert in chemical dying, I have always wanted to work with washing and garment dyeing processes. I wanted to remain in this field; I like the world of fashion and fashion designers. I’d say that here I’ve found more than I was looking for!

  • What about the Tonello Company?

It’s like being home. It is a great situation, especially here in Research where you breathe in a great atmosphere and work in an environment of creativity and inspiration. We can see that Tonello has something more than other companies: people are valued, plans and strategies are defined to improve them, and improvement is constant.

  • What has changed over recent years?

We started with an colder approach to our work and our customers, and we have become more proactive and engaging. We value developments more from the aesthetic point of view, unlike a time when they were objectively more “technical” and less fashionable. This is why today we are more sought after, from the point of view of garment and process development.

  • How is your relationship with your colleagues?

I really like the relationship we have between us, we work together peaceably. We are a young team and we most of us are contemporaries (except for me who’s the grandfather, LOL), we have common interests and we understand each other right away!

  • What was the most exciting moment in your history at Tonello, what was the most difficult one…

I think the most difficult moment was when my former colleague left the company and I became the initial point of reference for washing and dyeing. Taking on this responsibility, after only one year at Tonello, was not a small thing. The most exciting one, on the other hand, was my promotion to Denim Manager!

  • Do you have any particular anecdotes to tell?

Well, of course the trips with Antonio Busato were always a lot of fun! I remember one trip to Germany where we happened to attend a party that a customer had invited us to. Antonio, both for that evening  and for the following ones, asked me to drive because he was tired, so I always did as he asked without objecting. It was only after the trip that he finally admitted to me that the evening before the party he’d been fined by the police for having had a few drinks too many.

  • What should Tonello do to promote growth?

We should certainly dedicate ourselves more to research, it’s a fundamental activity. Unfortunately, it’s hard, we always have a lot of customers to visit and take care of, and a lot of work to carry out in terms of development and samples.

  • Recently, Tonello has tried to define its reference values: of these different values, which one do you relate to the most?

I see myself a lot in this, especially as it regards passion and people. My work engages me deeply, and this is also thanks to the people I work with every day.

  • What do the words sustainability and reliability mean to you?

Reliability is one of the distinctive things that marks Tonello: you just have to think of that many customers have had our machines for more than 20 years, and the machines are still working, and working well. In all the technologies we have launched, especially in the last few years, sustainability is one of the principle advantages. Even though some of our customers had a hard time understanding its importance at first, sustainability has added value to our machines.

  • Of these different values, which one do you relate to the most?

What interests me most is “passion”. Personally, I always tend to stay at work past quitting time to see the final result of a process. If I know that I have to finish something, I prefer staying here to finish it as best as I can, even at the expense of my personal time.

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