"It's never boring with us, everything is unusual," laughs Raymond Zwirs from Zwirs Horti Projects. They mainly build smaller, special greenhouses and business premises.
This week, they started with the foundations of a 3 hectare greenhouse at Noordam Plants. In week 29 they will start with the steel; then the building will start. The three hectares will be divided over six departments. All departments will have ebb and flow floors for plant cultivation.
Fabio Zwirs, Martin Noordam and Mike Zwirs
Zwirs Horti Projects built its first greenhouse here three years ago. That was followed by a barn. Fabio Zwirs: "And now we can build three hectares for them. The relationship is very pleasant. We appreciate the mutual trust."
Not affected by rising raw material prices
Before the raw materials supply became a bit of a problem, the materials had already been ordered. Fortunately. So rising raw materials prices aren't an issue in this project. Moreover, there is no need to wait for deliveries; this project does not involve this either. Raymond Zwirs: "That is the advantage of being able to order in time for your customers. It's great if you can think ahead like that. And it pays off, you see."
Verkade Beton is responsible for the concrete work. The planning is that the first plants will be installed at the end of December.
So Zwirs is in a healthy hurry; the installers of course also need time to realise the heating (GST), screen (A1 Tuinbouwtechniek) and water installations (De Hoog).
What the reader may notice is that Martin sources his suppliers mainly from the region. The reason is simple: "I know those people and they know our company. They know how things work here. That is always good. We have been working with these parties for a long time. Why should I change it? It works well. I'm satisfied with it."
To 10 hectares heated
The new greenhouse replaces the previous, cold greenhouse and brings the total covered cultivation area to 10 ha. During the year another 5 / 6 ha are rented. The majority of the area is used for growing vegetable plants.
Nevertheless, potted lilies and geranium cuttings can sometimes be spotted in Noordam's greenhouses. Martin: "Yes, that's right. We do that for third parties. We have a great partnership with other companies to mutually rent metres from each other, depending on the season. The lilies and geraniums that you sometimes see in our nursery are grown by us and they do that for us in the period that we are there. We are not on the ornamental plant market ourselves."
For more information:
Raymond en Fabio Zwirs
Zwirs Horti Projects
2675 AM Honselersdijk
+31 (0)174 620 514