The history of an old family company based in Dordrecht
In 1946, not long after the Second World War, Mr Wim Stam senior set up a one-man business in Dordrecht that would later evolve into the family-run company now known as Stam Hout Pallets & Kisten B.V. Back in the early days he began by collecting and breaking down wooden glass crates and selling the wood on to various dealers.
His son Leendert Stam senior, who helped out in the company from an early age, took over the reins in 1961. Convinced of the fact that wood had all kinds of possibilities, in addition to running the now familiar wood trade, he also started producing wooden crates and boxes. And when the chemical industry began to emerge in the Dordrecht and Rotterdam harbour region at the end of the sixties, he also started producing wooden pallets.
Having moved around a number of times within the inner city of Dordrecht, the company subsequently moved to new premises on Daltonstraat in the Dordtse Kil I industrial estate. An additional hall was built in 1972 to accommodate the company's rapid growth. And just five years later this was followed by the construction of an entirely new factory on the same industrial estate.
A few of the milestones during the period that followed::
Stam Hout Pallets & Kisten B.V. celebrated its 40th anniversary
The company purchased the first closed large-volume vehicle in the Netherlands - the vehicle was constructed on a Volvo FL7-chassis
The company was the first pallet and crate manufacturer in the Netherlands to be awarded the ISO 9002 certificate.
Stam Hout Pallets & Kisten B.V. groeide onvermoeibaar verder. Ook de panden aan de Daltonstraat werden te klein. In 1994 betrok de onderneming derhalve het huidige pand aan de Bunsenstraat op het industrieterrein Dordtse Kil II. Hier heeft de onderneming de beschikking over een locatie van ruim 10.000 m2 met een productie- én opslaghal. Daardoor heeft Stam nu, naast het droge vervoer, voldoende ruimte voor droge opslag.
Stam Hout Pallets & Kisten B.V. continued to grow. Eventually it also outgrew the Daltonstraat premises. In 1994 the company moved to its current premises on Bunsenstraat in the Dordtse Kil II industrial estate. The company now has a location that extends over a surface area of more than 10,000 m2 and includes both a production hall and a storage hall. Thus in addition to dry transport, Stam now also has sufficient space for dry storage. After almost 40 years as the owner-director, in 1999 Mr Leendert Stam senior handed over the company to his two sons: Wim and Leon Stam. They now have the exhilarating task of continuing to run the family company based in Dordrecht and developing the business still further by adding new products to the existing range. As a first step in this direction they have already acquired the sole selling rights of the Danish GranbyBox®, a multifunctional folding crate.
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