Belgium: Busy times for horticultural glass company after storms

Belgian glass company Van Looveren provides glass for several new projects, and also helps greenhouse companies with damage to their nurseries. "Quick delivery is incredibly important to us," says commercial director Yves Milonas.

It's been a busy few weeks at the company in the Flemish town of Oelegem. Bad weather in central and southern France in particular caused a lot of storm damage. "We repair damage as quickly as possible," says commercial director Yves Milonas. “We don’t want our customers having to wait for the right type of glass to come in.” 

The Belgian family business keeps an average stock of 500,000 m2 of glass: hardened and unhardened. With this service, the company distinguishes itself from glass companies that only purchase on request. "Our stock consists mainly of standard sizes, but if necessary it can also be custom-made."

Recently, the company inaugurated a new crane. A festive moment, but with a dark edge. In a major accident last year, an employee lost his life. The tow truck he was driving, was a total loss. The accident happened shortly after one of the pioneers of the company, Leo van Looveren, passed away. The new truck will hopefully put an end to a dark chapter in the company’s history, confirms Milonas. “After the accident we had the choice: do we buy a new crane truck or not?" Despite the horticultural sector being in a bit of a rut, the company decided to expand the fleet. Van Looveren firmly believes that the situation in the sector will improve. "We want to be ready when it does."

More information:
Van Looveren nv
Ter Stratenweg 9
B-2520 Oelegem (Ranst)
Tel.: +32 3 475 00 88
Fax: +32 3 475 11 06

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