The long planned move of young plant supplier Schneider Youngplants is now really about to happen. In the presence of the owner, Jacob Schneider, the employees, Alderman Matthijs van Oosten of the municipality of Altena, father and son Greeve of KG Greenhouses, some other guests and the press, the first pile was driven for their new greenhouse yesterday.
The Schneider team
The 'old' greenhouse at the current location in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands has to make way for housing, but finding a new location wasn't that easy. In the first place everyone needed to get on the same page. Internally they shifted a bit. Schneider bought out the other owners and has been 100 percent owner since May last year. Then they had to look for a suitable location, which turned out to be a bigger challenge in practical terms. Are we going to build new or not, where is space, where can we go? A combination of factors made them choose Woudrichem, where the decisive factor was the intervention of Kees Greeve. Kees, of the well-known company KG Greenhouses and with whom Schneider already did business 20 years ago, pointed to this site, which he had bought a decade earlier. Here, they would have the space to build a company to one's own taste and insights. From Ridderkerk, Woudrichem is not too far away and so the deal was sealed quickly.
During the ceremony also a new petunia was introduced officially. In the picture: Jacob Schneider and Alderman Matthijs van Oosten, who baptizes the new petunia Galaxy
KG Greenhouses will also be the company, building the new greenhouse. The complete facility, including offices and other facilities, will have a size of 3.5 ha, comparable with the current size of their site. On the other side of the road, there is another 1.5 ha of ground available on which they can possibly build in the future. At the inside of the greenhouse, the entire production - Schneider is specialized in the propagation of young plants out of seeds and cuttings of annuals, biannuals and perennials, (hobby) vegetables, and recently also some cut flowers out of seed - that are being grown on tables. The greenhouse (6 meters high, 12.8 meters roof width) will have different climate zones and will be equipped with the newest (cultivation) techniques.
The new project will be built in the coming months at the location where another Dutch nursery, Kwekerij De Ruigenhoek, used to grow chrysanthemums. However, this greenhouse was empty for several years now.