Stijn is ready for take over
"That's it. now I deserve retirement!", exclaims Lisette, proud manager of the company Euro-Serre in Genk. She and her husband Robby look back with pride on their past 37 years at the helm of the family business, which owes its success to the in-house production of aluminum conservatories and greenhouses for the European market.
From a little show garden in the backyard to European market leader in hobby greenhouses: Euro-Serre has come a long way. For the next stage, the company is counting on son Stijn Lemmens, 36 years old, who is totally ready to complete his father's work. "We can indeed confidently pass the torch to the third generation. He's going to do a great job," says father Robby.
The new business manager is ready to take on whatever the job has to throw at him. "I've been around at Euro-Serre ever since I was a little guy," Stijn nods. "The process of taking over the management of the company started last year. Today we have reached the endpoint."
Stijn Lemmens is ambitious: "Since the corona crisis, the demand for garden constructions has been skyrocketing and Euro-Serre is riding high on the tide of success. To give you an idea: every year we purchase about 550 tons of aluminum, but this year we already used up 150 tons within two months time, and that during the off-season." Meanwhile, the usual annual stock of aluminum has evaporated already and more than 180 conservatories roll off the conveyor belt every week. So the pandemic definitely has a positive impact on the family business.
Lemmens wants to continue this momentum: "In the course of 2021, three more new models will be added to the product range. We are also looking for new production employees and administrative support because we will have our hands full," he concludes.