World War I
Kersten and World War I
Kersten persevered even in times of War. Although times were tough, and both import and export experienced a dramatic drop in volumes, Kersten laboured through this time by focusing its efforts on importing much needed grains and by continuing to develop its social agenda. It was during this time that Kersten continued to develop social programs like the first local internship program and the employee housing program that enabled Kersten employees to purchase houses through an internal financing facility. At the end of the First World War in 1918, Kersten was exactly 150 years old and was ready to face the next set of challenges.