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Mert Ipek is located in the last stop of the famous silk road in Izmir, Turkey.

Mert family started working with silk 1949. Back then Zeki´s father wove fabrics for the local farmer. Zeki Mert began building the factory after his father passed away in 1988.  They are the only integrated silk producer in Turkey. 

The factory is a beacon in their community. They know most of the people in the town, and they also recognize the family. Mert family take the responsibility for the younger generations. They organize activities to teach school children about textiles, and some of the children who spent time with them while they were in school eventually work there later in life.  

They feel a responsibility to contribute and empower their community. They have the opportunity with this place to give back to the people of their town. The community is as tightly knit as a family. 

FATMA 32, Single
Lives in Ödemi
and has been a n employee for 4 years.

Her feelings about working at Mert Ipek are:

Mert Ipek is a traditional as well as an innovative textile company. I work in the ready-to-wear department and our products are being exported abroad. We don’t only produce 1 type of garment; we produce many different types. I think this is an opportunity for self development. I hope to be here for many years to come.

NURFADIYE 37 Married 2 children.
Lives in Ödemi
and has been a worker since 2 years.

Her feelings about working at Mert Ipek are:

With the opportunities offered here, Mert Ipek is by far the best workplace I’ve worked in. The services and food facilities are examples to this. It is a company that offers good possibilities for people who care about working, especially in times like this.

RUKIYE 37 Married 2 children.
Lives in Ödemi
and has been an employee for 3,5 years.

Her feelings about working at Mert Ipek are:

There is a good harmony between the owners and the workers in Mert Ipek. I believe that everyone here works with care and respect for each other. It makes me happy that often there is food and entertainment arrangements for the workers to improve their motivation and enhance unity.

EMINE 38 Married 2 children.
Lives in Ödemi
and has been an employee for 5,5 years.

Her feelings about her working at Mert Ipek are:

Since my first day the workplace is a company which offers a warm family atmosphere, always open for innovation and has proven itself both nationally and internationally. It is distinguished and is a perfect workplace. I am honored to be part of a company which has such a safe and fine production.

 

 

RAHIME 45 Married 3 children.
Lives in Ödemi
and has been an employee for 6 years.

Her feelings about working at Mert Ipek are:

Mert Ipek is a corporate and innovative company which always strives to improve. It has developed greatly since I started. They value their workers and always work towards improving their conditions; I feel lucky and proud to be a part of such a company.