The history of JOARJO, its position as a national benchmark in the machining sector, cannot be understood without knowing the history of its Manager. In this first chapter we will get to know its current Owner better and the history that has led him and this company until today.
And for this it is not enough to go back to the first day that Armando Mozota Liédana began to carry out his responsibilities as Owner, but we must go back much further, to his childhood in a family where he learned values such as work, perseverance and responsibility.
On the one hand, his father, Armando Mozota, who had a very small lathe workshop, like a room that could pass as a props for the Spanish television series ‘Cuéntame’. In it, the hours flew by and work only stopped for a while at lunch and dinner, the little time that he could barely enjoy with his family.
On the other hand, his mother, who took care of the whole house and, of course, her two children. That daily sacrifice for work was forging the values of “Armando Mozota 2”, as he likes to sign.
Good education at home continued among Corazonistas School and Sagrada Familia School, until he was seventeen. His father, like most at that time, decided that the best thing for his future would be to enroll in an academy to prepare for the examinations for banking and combine it with working as an accountant’s assistant in the family business.
The time came to sign up for the first opposition and it was then that an opportune advice from his grandfather changed Armando’s professional course. “Son, if you approve them, you will enter the Bank of Spain as bellboy and you will retire as bellboy.” In this way, Armando ended up taking over from the company’s accountant, if he hadn’t already taken it before. The mornings were dedicated to administrative tasks for which he did not get paid and in the afternoons he went down to his father’s workshop to work as a laborer, sweeping and whatever, to collect his first salaries.
Thus, little by little and from below, Armando Mozota 2 grew together with a family business that had already been there since 1957, three years before his birth in Zaragoza and that is now 64 years old since its foundation: the day his father , Armando Mozota, and two friends, Joaquín López de Medrano and José Guillén, founded Talleres JOARJO, an acronym for their names.
Sadly, her father’s passing came too soon, 28 years ago. By then, Armando was already handling the lathes with ease and was able to hire a secretary for the administrative work of the company, while Armando was dedicated to other tasks that needed attention. “There is no success without effort”, a phrase that defined him day after day and during the 23 years where he worked more than twelve hours a day.
Today Armando Mozota 2 continues to enjoy the growth of JOARJO, in an office overlooking the large workshop that has nothing to do with the one where he grew up, and to which he continues to lower his mobile camera in hand to record in situ the different and advanced machines in full operation.
“Investment in human and technical equipment, the latest of the latest” . They are small moments that he takes advantage of to share moments with the great human team that he always boasts with pride when he has the opportunity. All of this would not have been possible without continued reinvestment and improvement.
Armando Mozota 2 is clear that JOARJO’s business excellence is due to the setting of common objectives for all those who make up the company: the team above individualities, close collaboration with each client and, in addition, an outstanding corporate social responsibility for give back to society what it has given.
The latter helps to better portray his figure, as well as the definition he makes of himself.
He acknowledges that life has led him down the path of industry and technology, but he considers himself a humanist, a lover of history and art, who has tried to enjoy beauty in the little free time that his work has allowed him. Now more, thanks to the responsibilities that his daughter Isabel Mozota, current Commercial Manager, is adopting in the company.
When asked when he will stop coming to the company every day, his love for work takes the floor: “As long as the body holds up”.