Bulk distribution, sizeable history: 100 years of Den Hartogh


From a small transport business in the Netherlands to a worldwide logistics provider, Den Hartogh is celebrating 100 years of business in 2020. The bulk logistics service provider for the chemical, gas, polymer and food industry today has a presence in every region of the world with more than 1,800 employees in 47 locations within 26 countries.

The third-generation company’s story starts in 1920 when the recently married Jacobus and Grietje den Hartogh opened a grocer’s shop in Hillegom, the Netherlands. But grocer’s life was not what Jacobus was looking for and he bought an inland cargo ship for 9,750 guilders – a considerable amount of money at the time and quite a daring investment – and started a transport business. Thankfully for Jacobus, his investment paid off and Den Hartogh was founded on 27th August 1920.

 What started with one ship and a regular inland shipping route to and from Haarlem to Hillegom and Leiden, has today grown to more than 20,000 tank containers, 6,100 dry bulk containers and specialised dry bulk trailers, 350 tank trailers and  625 trucks worldwide.

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