A.D.R. Bulbs: 100 Years and Growing

Jan 18, 2010, 11:06 ET from A.D.R. Bulbs

CHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- For 100 years, C.J. Ruigrok & Zonen has grown and exported top-quality Holland flower bulbs. The company, established in 1910 by Carolus (C.J.) Ruigrok, is a family-owned and operated business that has been shaped by four generations and by history.

World War II changed the company's initial emphasis on business trade in the European markets. In 1946, with Europe's economy still crippled by World War II, C.J. Ruigrok sent his 19-year-old son, Simon, to develop the United States' market. In 1949, young Simon expanded his sales efforts into the Canadian market. The company flourished in North America as Simon traveled the United States and Canada for more than 50 years.  In Canada, Simon was given the moniker of "The Tulip King."

In 1978, Ruigrok Bulbs took another step with the purchase of two United States based bulb wholesalers, DeGroot Bulb Company and George Alkemade Inc. With this expansion, the present day A.D.R. Bulbs Inc. was launched.  In 1983, A.D.R. Bulbs relocated to larger facilities in Bloomingburg, New York and added a retail line to their existing bulk offerings.

The last 25 years mark a time of accelerated expansion for both C.J. Ruigrok and A.D.R. Bulbs in their nursery and export divisions.  In 1985, Simon's son, Simon Jr. became a partner. Total production capacity in Holland was expanded to over 190 acres and A.D.R. Bulbs moved to its current, state-of-the-art facilities in Chester, New York in 2006.

A.D.R. Bulbs has grown into a business that ships to all states in the continental U.S. The flower bulb nursery in Holland continues to expand and is currently adding a new warehouse to the existing complex increasing storage capacity to 200 million bulbs which will be shipped to garden centers, landscapers and greenhouses all over the U.S., Canada and Europe.

A.D.R. Bulbs takes pride in its use of the industry's most modern equipment to harvest and store the company's premium bulbs. Our inventories and point-of-purchase materials mirror current gardening trends, such as long-blooming bulb mixtures, to assist both our client garden centers and the growing number of bulb gardeners they serve.

For more information, please visit www.adrbulbs.com or contact Chris Ruigrok at 800-990-9934.