Father Hooymeijer, who worked for the Kramer Brothers on the Rottekade in Bergschenhoek, cannot get roofing materials delivered to his clients fast enough.
His son Jan has the answer. He buys an old truck and, just like that, Hooymeijer Transport is born.
The discovery of natural gas in Groningen leads to a boom in the transport of pipes.
We take full advantage of this development and our company grows significantly as a result. During this period, the business moves to the Nijverheidstraat in Vlaardingen, following our major client.
In the early ‘60s, the sea container was first introduced in Rotterdam; a logistical revolution.
We saw the potential of this development. Using e.g. side loaders, we deployed used containers to store construction materials.
We are outgrowing our current location. The second generation has joined the company by now.
We set up a new building with a large workshop and plenty of parking space. In this new location, we can work on trucks, cranes and materials to our hearts’ content.
The discovery of natural gas in the North Sea means pipelines have to be installed.
Hooymeijer handles the transport of pipes from the factory to the ships in Delfzijl for a period of ten years. For this project, Hooymeijer moves port cranes from Vlaardingen to Delfzijl to load the ships.
January 1, 1972 Jan Tunderman starts a customs office in the port of Rotterdam. Soon the question arises to carry out small rush transports and to supervise width transports.
Work is done day and night. At the end of the seventies, we purchased a number of second-hand trailers, to set up a cargo service to the UK.
After the project in Delfzijl, we move the cranes back and use them for stowage activities in the port of Vlaardingen.
On our dock, we mostly load and unload pipes onto and off ships. After a while, Portuguese timber and German steel are added to our repertoire. This leads to the birth of Hooymeijer Port Terminals (now Hooymeijer Stevedoring).
We unload fruit from Cyprus; tens of thousands of individual boxes are stacked onto pallets manually and unloaded at our dock.
We build three warehouses in the parking lot behind our office building for the temporary storage of this cargo. Altra-International was born (now Hooymeijer Warehousing & Customs).
The new distribution center in Europoort will be opened, right next to the ferry terminal of Stena Line and P & O Ferries. We still use this warehouse.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is a need to connect the networks of East and West Germany.
We receive a lot of work from Germany to transport, hoist and stack the necessary pipes. This project once again keeps the Hooymeijer men away from home many weeks out of the year for over a decade.
We are now an established name in groupage transport on the UK. We are proud of our 25th anniversary and everyone may see.
We move with the times and expand our operations.
Through takeovers of e.g. Nico Kind International Transport and Speed Freight, we can add Hooymeijer Special Transport and Hooymeijer Groupage Transport to our range of services.
New trucks and trailers belong to a new corporate identity. Thor, patron of your goods, adorns all our cars.
These days, we have grown into a modern port and transport business with a clear vision of the future.
Nevertheless, we are still the same company as before at heart: hard-working and passionate people with the right mindset. No fancy talk, but simply doing a good job. Together, we're HM Group.