Drinks and coal trades
The story of the Bolk transport company began in 1934 with the establishment of the Looms & Bolk company, which provided transport for the drinks and coal trades, which were run by families. At the start of the 1950s, business partner Looms died and Jan Bolk ran the company independently from his parents’ home on the Kerkhofsweg (now the Sluitersveldsingel) in Almelo.
After the death of Jan Bolk in 1962, Henk Bolk, then 20 years old, took over the helm. With the support of his mother and sister, the company was gradually expanded, with financial independence and diversification of activities as its guiding principles.
DISTRIBUTION OF BEER
As early as the 60s and 70s Bolk was transporting Heineken beer from Amsterdam, Den Bosch and Twente to Almelo, from where it was reloaded for distribution in the region. The relationship with Heineken still exists. Since 1995, Bolk has handled Heineken’s catering distribution for the eastern Netherlands, nowadays from Deventer.
BY RAIL, ROAD AND WATER
In 1985, at the invitation of NS Goederenvervoer (rail freight), a start was made with the transshipment of shipping containers by train from Rotterdam to the station yard in Almelo. Additionally, Bolk Transport Container provided both the pre-transport and post-transport of containers by road.
As the company grew steadily, Bolk decidedto build a new branch on the Beatrix Rijkweg in Almelo in 1986. The new building provided space for the planning, administration, a company house and a warehouse that is currently used as a workshop. After the Ormet dairy complex closed in 1996, its site on the Plesmanweg was bought by Bolk to provide ample storage and parking facilities.
HENGELO, ROTTERDAM, ALMELO
Setting up Combi Terminal Twente
At the end of the 1990s, the NS decided to stop running domestic container trains and Bolk was forced to operate the connection to Rotterdam itself. To do this, Combi Terminal Twente was set up to take care of the transport of sea containers by inland waterway, first from Emmerich and since 2001 from the new terminal in Hengelo. Meanwhile, CTT has developed into a leading player in the intermodal transport sector with offices in Hengelo, Rotterdam, Almelo and Bad Bentheim.
START OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Developing and specialising in different transport markets
In addition to the container and catering distribution, Bolk continued to develop the regular covered transport, with clients such as Vredestein, Grolsch, Hartman and Ten Cate. Bolk also increasingly specialised in exceptional transport over longer distances (e.g. Italy) and in projects (e.g. silos). At the start of the 21st century a start was made with the transport of windmill components – a new activity in which the limits of dimensions and weights will always be pushed further.
Expansion of activities
In 2007, the Bolk family decided to sell to management in order to ensure the independent continuity of the company. After this acquisition, the expansion of the Bolk’s activities continued undiminished with, amongst other things, branches in Germany, Austria, Romania and France and a warehouse next to the terminal in Hengelo.
Stable and highly innovative
Bolk has become a stable and highly innovative transport company with diverse activities, clients and collaborations. No challenge is too great. Bolk provides clear added value in every aspect of transport. Because a ‘Bolk person’ helps you think things through, looks for solutions and beaks new ground. This personal touch is crucial for the organization and execution of our services. Our people produce our quality. They form the basis of our success.