Cooperation DOOR celebrated the start of construction for their new office and packaging center in business park Honderland II in the Dutch town of Maasdijk on Wednesday the 29th of May. All the employees, members, construction partners, and other involved parties were there to celebrate.
During the official part of the celebrations, Jack Groenewegen – DOOR chairman – addressed everyone and emphasized the power of teamwork, even in a symbolic way. After that, it was time for some food and drinks under the shining sun.
“The new building is meant to be a place for us all”, Jack Groenewegen – Chairman of the Cooperation DOOR – said during his speech. “A happy working environment where employees can develop and where customers can be served in the best way possible.”
Because of this, all of the brands and products can be found in the same location, which allows DOOR customers to be able to get the products they want 24/7. To symbolize the power of the DOOR products, the strongest man in the Netherlands - Sebastiaan Tempelaars (from the Dutch town of De Lier) – was asked to pull a red Ford Shelby that was decorated with a colorful vegetable arrangement. Afterwards, a bunch of the growers' children, dressed in colorful coveralls, planted the seeds of the current DOOR products for the future. Here, a commemorative plaque will be placed as a reminder.
In the end, Jack Groenewegen (Prominent), Pleun van Duijn (Purple Pride), Floris van der Linden (Greendiamonds), Michel Zuijderwijk (SweetPoint) and Theo Jansen (PapriCo) pressed a red button to start the pile driving installation. With that, the first of 1598 piles needed for the building was placed.
Even more intense cooperation
The new building means that all of the DOOR employees, Prominent, SweetPoint, Purple Pride, Green Diamonds and PapriCo are going to start working in the same building. This signifies even more intense cooperation between all the brands for the group. “By working together under the same roof we can use each other's knowledge even better and thus operate more efficiently”, says Jack Groenewegen. For months now, there have been all sorts of work groups busy coming up with ways to give shape to all the different facets. These work groups are made up of growers, employees and construction partners.
In a while, the tomatoes, eggplants, sweet pointed peppers and cucumbers will be packaged under the same roof to the customer's desire, says DOOR. “The way the new building is decorated aims for fast and efficient processing of our fresh produce by means of automated loading (WMS) and a fully automated production space. Before we started the construction of our new building, we researched the needs of our customers. It is clear that plastic packaging is under a lot of pressure, but we expect the demand for consumer units to only increase. We are of course also actively looking for sustainable alternatives.”
The building has a production space of 32,000 m2 and 2000 m2 of office space. The building will be equipped with 22 docks for loading and 22 docks for unloading.
You can follow the construction of the new building step by step at the building website: www.door-bouwt.nl