This maxim sits on a work of art that was offered by friends to the company on the occasion of the move at the beginning of 2015 to the new location on the outskirts of Otterlo. The skillfully decorated saw is located by the window in the canteen and catches the eye immediately.
The Pluim timber yard and sawmill has been a family business in Otterlo for years now. Grandfather Pluim had a calves fattening farm and these calves were housed in wooden sties. The family saw opportunities. Tinus and Jan Pluim, father and uncle of the current directors Jan and Arie Pluim, started constructing wooden sheds, initially for their own and as they went along for others too. In this way the sawmill was established in 1970. However, it was gradually surrounded by houses, which hampered the supply and transport of materials increasingly. As a result, in 2014 it was agreed with the Ede city council that after 45 years the company would move to a new space at the Apeldoornseweg, just outside of Otterlo. Arie Pluim, who is the company’s director since 1999, is overviewing his company proudly. It now has enough room at its disposal to prosper and grow. Arie himself is covered with dust, as he had just finished repairing a technical failure in one of the tree-trunk supply conveyor lines.
15.000 m3 of tree-trunks
Six people currently work in the company. They make sure that approximately 15.000 m3 of timber is processed annually. The processing is done by means of an immense tree-trunk machine production line, made by EWD, The SawLine Company, in Germany. The line is provided with many motors and gear units of SEW-EURODRIVE. Pluim saws – made to order only – Dutch tree-trunks, especially the larch douglas spruces into planks and beams of all sizes.
These planks and beams are used for fences, shed panelling, porches and for the lining with parts on which the bark and shape of the trees are still visible.
It’s a competitive market, but Pluim mainly has regular customers, who require a timely and correct delivery. Therefore the company is known for its acting flexibly and decisively.