Holland's oldest family firm is sold, after 468 years

5th April 2013, Comments 1 comment

The Netherlands' oldest family firm, rope maker Touwfabriek G van der Lee, is giving up its independence after 468 years of operation, Nos television said on Friday.

The rope factory was established in 1545 by Jan Pietersz van der Lee and is still run by the family, producing rope for the fishing and shipping industry. It is based in Oudewater, near Utrecht.

Holland's oldest family firm is sold, after 468 years
The Netherland's oldest family firm has a new owner. Photo: Touwfabriek G van der Lee

The takeover means pottery factory Tichelaars Aardewerk- en Tegelfabriek in Makkum, Friesland, founded in 1640, is now the country's oldest family firm.



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1 Comment To This Article

  • melloncoli

    on 8th April 2013, 05:45:58 - Reply

    In case you were wondering, the new owner is Dutch steel cable manufacturer Hendrik Veder Group BV.