EXPERTS FOR 4 GENERATIONS
Willem Ruigrok began growing fruits and vegetables in De Zilk, in The Netherlands in what would become the heart of today’s Dutch flower bulb district. At the same time, he also started a small flower bulb nursery.
Inspired by his father’s work, Willem’s son, Carolus (C.J.) Ruigrok, also started his own bulb business at the age of 20. Together, the two built the first warehouse to store and treat their bulbs. This warehouse was different because it had opening doors on all sides for optimal air circulation, an idea that was actually very modern at that time. Soon, Carolus began exporting his products into in Europe, predominantly in Germany.
With Europe’s economy crippled by years of war, many young people began migrating to United States looking for new opportunities. In the spring of 1946, C.J. Ruigrok sent his 19 year old son Simon to America to work the US market and soon the first flower bulbs were being exported to America. The venture proved to be a success; Simon would end up travelling the United States and Canada for more than 50 years.
Simon became a partner in the company and joined later on by his two brothers Anton and Cor. At this time the company name was changed to C.J. Ruigrok & Zonen (Sons). They also formed a new corporation in the US, called Ruigrok Bulbs Inc. This was a initially a small distribution center in Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Ruigrok Bulbs purchased two local bulb wholesalers, DeGroot Bulb Company and George Alkemade Inc, forming present day A.D.R. Bulbs, Inc. Now in need of someone to manage his growing American operation, Simon turned to his young cousin, Walter who agreed to move to the United States permanently to become A.D.R’s manager.
In keeping with the family tradition, Simon Jr. became a partner in C.J Ruigrok and Sons at the age of 21. Simon also began to travel New England for A.D.R Bulbs. At this time, his uncles Anton and Cor retired from the company. 1985 also marked our 75th anniversary. At the celebration, the company’s founder, C.J. Ruigrok was present at the age of 95.
Walter’s son Chris joined A.D.R as a salesman, becoming the 4th generation of the Ruigrok family involved in A.D.R Bulbs. A.D.R. moved to a new factory; a 33,000 square foot warehouse with modern storage and cooling facilities in Chester, New York.
Ruigrok Flowerbulbs in Holland is still a family owned business . Currently we farm over 250 acres of crocus, hyacinths, daffodils and tulips. We use only the most modern equipment in the industry to harvest and store our high quality bulbs in a cost effective way.
Ruigrok Flowerbulbs is one of the largest growers and exporters of flowerbulbs in Holland. We ship our bulbs all over the U.S.A., Canada and Europe.