𝗔 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴-𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗻𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝟰𝟬 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀.
Life sometimes takes surprising turns, a few weeks ago, Meijer received an unexpected phone call from a buyer of old machinery. This man inquired if there was interest in an old set of 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀, because he understood that Meijer specialized in hydraulic and retractable forklifts. That was correct because Meijer Handling Solutions B.V. is the spiritual father of the 𝗞𝗢𝗢𝗜® 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗵 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝟭𝟵𝟴𝟬. With elation, the ReachForks were received, knowing they carried a valuable history. These hydraulic extendable forklift forks were produced in the early years of Meijer. With serial number 246, these KOOI® Forks had been produced in 1984, and most likely assembled by our oldest employee, Mr. Willem Aartsma. Seeing these forks naturally brought up all kinds of nostalgia stories. They symbolized not only the growth of Meijer over the years, but also the dedication and craftsmanship of those who had worked on them.
𝗔𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝟰𝟬 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝟭𝟬𝟬,𝟬𝟬𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗞𝗢𝗢𝗜®𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀. It felt like a remarkable confluence of events, a celebration of our success and the people who played an essential role in it, like Mr Willem Aartsma.