MERULIN and Raiffeisen Gartenbau become LIMERA Gartenbauservice & Co.

Commercial horticulture alliance to start in the new year

The merger of MERULIN Gartenbauservice and RWZ subsidiary Raiffeisen Gartenbau has now been notarized. The entity will commence joint operations on January 1, 2023, as LIMERA Gartenbauservice Ltd & Co., with its headquarters in Geldern-Walbeck. The main preparatory tasks for the merger are to be completed by then.

RWZ CEO Christoph Kempkes agrees with his fellow shareholders: "This step will allow us to pool our strengths. This is necessary - especially in view of supply markets that are becoming scarcer, more complicated, and more expensive. Together we will create the conditions for supplying our customers sustainably, reliably, and at a reasonable price with the resources, they need for their operations."

Dr. Helmut Linssen, former Minister of State and, with his family, majority shareholder in MERULIN, has a similar view: "Our aim is to optimally equip the newly formed joint venture for the challenges ahead. The parallel swing with RWZ and with Mertens also gives us the strength to continue growing - for the benefit of our customers."

The third in the group, the Dutch Mertens Holding B.V., and co-partner of MERULIN sees advantages only as well. Managing Director Mart Verheijen: "The greater number of human resources, especially also of specialist personnel, gives our joint venture the opportunity to specialize more intensively and thus better meet the growing individual requirements of customers."

The management of LIMERA will be taken over by Tom Kollbach (MERULIN) and Georg Kurz (Raiffeisen Gartenbau), who have already proven themselves in their original companies. As a result of the merger, LIMERA has eight locations in North Rhine-Westphalia and one in Thuringia. All employees of MERULIN and Raiffeisen Gartenbau, totaling around 100, will be moved over and formed into a powerful team.

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