Matrix Metals, a constituent of Sanmar Engineering Technologies, provides foundry solutions in steel castings, machining and many other value added services. Through the combined global efforts of its foundries, Matrix Metals has the capacity to annually produce 60,000 tons of high quality steel castings, making it a premier global provider.
Acerlan, an arm of Matrix Metals, is a steel foundry that meets the international and domestic market requirements for high quality castings at a competitive cost.
The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has its principal place of worship at the Basilica of Guadalupe in northern Mexico City.
According to the Catholic faith, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared four times at San Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on the hill of Tepeyac.
The Virgin is then said to have told Juan Diego to appear before the first bishop of Mexico, Juan de Zumarraga and unfold his tilma before the bishop, revealing the image of Santa Maria, dark and indigenous features.
Legend has it that the Virgin Mary in her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared on several occasions before the Aztec convert Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on Saturday 12 December 1531 on the hill of Tepeyac and asked him to fetch the bishop and tell him that she called for the creation of a temple there.
The Indian was in search of Juan de Zumarraga to tell the application of the virgin, but Brother John who did not believe in apparitions wanted a test.
The Virgin then asked the Indian to cut some roses from the summit of the hill and take them to the bishop. It was winter and the area was a barren hill, not suitable for the growth of fl owers like roses. The Indian obeyed and kept the roses in his tilma, or cloak. When he reached the bishop, the Indian stretched his cloak to lay roses on the table. On the cloak, stylised image appeared of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The image we know today is the same as that day in 1531.
The test for the monk was not only roses, but also the miracle of the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the tilma.
Acerlan organises this annual event attended by employees and their families Approximately 2000 people attended the event on the occasion of the festivities in honour of the Virgin of Guadalupe, held at the Santa Monica Facilities on 11 December this year.
It was a day full of rich food and drinks and merry socialising.
The trade union committee actively participated in this event, and started operations at 7 am.
At the end, the entire staff of the Company moved to the Spa Santa Monica where the religious celebration took place; they welcomed all invited guests at the entrance, gave the children a bag of sweets. Later they went to the swimming pools in the premises. Around 12:30 hour’s food was served which consisted of carnitas, cactus soup, rice, tortillas and scrumptious dishes, which were tasted and enjoyed by all. Nearly 200 gifts were raffled off among those present. These included household items, dishes, coffee makers, irons and bicycles.
The festivities continued with the traditional dance enlivened by a band. Family groceries were distributed among all plant persons.
Overall the attendees commented that: “The party was very good, that was a very good organisation of the event, the general program and was enjoying a big celebration”.
“Good thing the company does this event end of the year in honour of our Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe”.
“That there is work to continue doing this event every year”.
“It’s very nice party, and to continue providing work for my son and my husband”.
“I liked the entertainment venue, the organisation of food distribution, transportation of personnel, usually all in good time and well organised”.
“Thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe and ask God that there is always work license for your child to continue working”.
“I thank the organisers of the company and treated us and I pray to God that there is always this kind of coexistence”.
“I liked the party but that there is work first”.
“Thanks to God and to the company and that there is work”.
“Thank for giving us this holiday Acerlan”.
“Thank you all and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.