Dutch gerbera nursery LG Flowers in Pijnacker is going to expand their company by more than 2 hectares. The idea arose two years ago, when a suitable piece of land was found diagonally behind the current main location. A year later the decision was made, but Mike and Joyce Lansbergen waited with this large investment until after the first lock down. Now, in early 2021, the skeleton of the greenhouse is visible and is planned to be in operation in June 2021.
Mike and Joyce Lansbergen
The expansion plans have been in the pipeline for quite some time. Joyce: "Expanding in terms of hectares is not a goal in itself for us. The expansion enables us to realize three important objectives: more of our own flowers, reducing our footprint, and improving efficiency for our employees."
"We are actually always short of gerberas and with the expansion we can grow and sell more flowers under our own labels and sustainable certifications. In addition, we can make a sustainability leap. By connecting the locations we can make better use of the current heat surplus. We are also investing in dehumidification machines and LED lighting. This will make us 20 percent more economical in our energy consumption. Finally, the expansion allows us to sacrifice part of the existing greenhouse for the lack of space in the warehouse. Thanks to automation solutions, we will soon be able to work more efficiently in the warehouse and make the work easier and more enjoyable for our people," says Joyce.
For the construction of the new greenhouse LG Flowers is working together with Havecon, Loonbedrijf van der Burg, Loonbedrijf Bonno Bouwman, Alweco, Schep Verwarming, Horticoop, Stolze, Alfen and Royal Brinkman. If everything goes according to plan, the greenhouse will be put into use in June.
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