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Antoon Heisterkamp worked from home, on the Oostwal in Ootmarsum as a beer bottler. The beer delivered in barrels was bottled, and then sold in the region. Back in these days, they delivered by bike, or by horse and cart.

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In the 1920s, the horse was replaced by a truck. Quite a progression, since work could be done much quicker and efficiently in this way.

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Trade was temporarily put on the back burner, due to the second world war. First, the truck was taken, followed by the recently purchased replacement horse. After the war, the economy grew rapidly, which meant a lot of trade for Antoon Heisterkamp and his liquor company. With this increased productivity and profitability In the early 1950s, a new luxury American Ford was purchased. In addition to collecting and delivering beer, this truck was also used for all kinds of other transport services. Due to the regular service to the breweries, Antoon received many requests for collecting goods into the region.

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The first diesel truck was purchased in the early 1960s. The fleet consisted of an Opel Blitz, a Bedford and a DAF 1300 with a load capacity of 5 tons. The main source of income was the growing liquor trade. The transport services were a good addition to this.

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In addition to the strong growth in the liquor business, transport requests also grew. To be able to respond to this demand, Heisterkamp switched to a heavier truck. The company also invested in an international transport license. A few big clients from this time are still customers of Heisterkamp, up until today.

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In the 80s the liquor and transport company were split into two separate companies. Bennie Heisterkamp moved the transport company to the stationsplein in Oldenzaal to be closer to customers. From then on the company started growing very fast. The fleet grew from ten to a hundred trucks in a short time. Heisterkamp Trailer rental was established during this time, a perfect addition to the transport service.

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In the early 90s, the location on Stationsplein turned out to be too small. The company moved to their new transport center on the Hanzepoort, located next to the A1 highway. In these years, the company grew very fast. Heisterkamp distinguished itself by offering 'one-way' trucking services; transporting a trailer from A to B. Exceptional, since it was common for the trip back from, B to A, to be charged. Not at Heisterkamp, they solved the problem themselves. Due to the many journeys to the North Sea ports in Northern Germany, a location in Travemunde was opened in the mid-90s. Not much later a location in Ghent followed, close to the Belgian harbor.

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Heisterkamp has grown considerably during this period, in both size and services. The companies Heisterkamp Trucklease and Rental, Heisterkamp Breakdown Service and Used Trucks were added to the service package. In several European countries offices were opened as well. Heisterkamp's workshops were increasingly professionalized. In this period Gerben Heisterkamp took over the company from his father Bennie Heisterkamp.

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Heisterkamp celebrates its 100-year anniversary! The perfect moment to look back at the past, and to look ahead to the future. Heisterkamp is a company that is active 24/7 for their customers. Transport is all about speed, flexibility and efficiency. Currently, Heisterkamp has around 1,450 employees spread over seven European locations. Heisterkamp still has lots of ambition. We want to continue being a leading partner that puts customers, employees and society at the center. On to the next hundred years, full of flexibility, reliability and innovation!