Bloemen Young Plants, formerly Kwekerij Maarten Bloemen, has received a new expansion. The ornamental plant grower from Venhorst has commissioned a new greenhouse and outdoor field of around 1.5 hectares. "The company was far too tightly packed. With this expansion, we can accommodate 1 million more plants."
While the new business premises are still being built, Maarten Bloemen, owner of Bloemen Young Plants walks across the new outdoor field: "With the new generation pushing forward within the company and with our growing international sales, it was time to continue under a new name.'
Maarten Bloemen has been growing acid-loving plants since 1987. This year, the company received a new expansion. A greenhouse has been built, along with a business area and outdoor field. The new growing area was built by Kerklaan Greenhouses. The greenhouse consists of new and recycled materials.
"We came into contact with Kerklaan Greenhouses through a colleague. After 2 or 3 conversations, the click and trust was soon there and we came to an agreement. The plan was worked out and after a year we are now looking at this beautiful greenhouse," says Maarten. "As a grower, we had a number of wishes. We wanted to have a higher greenhouse. Our old greenhouse is 3.5 metres high, and this greenhouse is 5 metres high. It also has a 3-window ventilation system, allowing us to create a completely different climate."
Maarten looks back on the construction of the greenhouse with great satisfaction. "What the guys from Kerklaan have accomplished is unprecedented. There were several days of construction with temperatures up to 40 degrees. There really is a good working climate among the employees."
Maarten's son, Merijn, who will take over from Maarten in the future, talks about the logistical advantages of the new greenhouse. "One thing that makes this greenhouse special is the underslung lattice that has been used. We often drive into the compartments with wide forklift forks. Thanks to the lower lattice girder, the greenhouse pillars are further away from the aisle and more space is created. This allows the forklifts to drive safely through the greenhouse."
According to Maarten, the greenhouse will be used very efficiently: "First of all, this greenhouse will be used for growing plants that have to be delivered early. In addition, we use the greenhouse to protect winter-sensitive plants."
"The company has existed in its current form for 35 years. With the new generation joining us, we expect that there is a lot of perspective in the future. Green is in! And the step we have now taken suits the market and our customers. The company was in too tight a space and with this expansion we can now accommodate 1 million more plants. So plenty of potential," Maarten Bloemen concludes optimistically.