From a garage in Hasselt (Overijssel, NL), Remko Germeraad and Jarno Visscher started their first company in their spare hours in 2003, named: Zwagers Boating. A name that was not chosen lightly because – in addition to being business partners – Remko and Jarno are also brothers-in-law.
Zwagers Boating was intially still involved in the conversion of polyester boats. But soon the men switched to the much more durable aluminum boats. That choice turned out to be a bull’s eye because the garage in Hasselt became too small and was exchanged by their first ‘real’ business premises in Zwartsluis. And barely four years after their start in Hasselt and two years after their move to Zwartsluis, Alumax Boats, as the company was now called, established itself in a brand-new building in the middle of the (sea) port of Meppel.
Port Entrepreneurs of the Year
The growth of the company steadily continued in the new building in Meppel and this did not go unnoticed in the years that followed. In 2017, Remko Germeraad and Jarno Visscher were name ‘Port Entrepreneurs of the Year’ by Port of Zwolle. This made them the first Port Entrepreneur of the Year of the still young partnership of the port companies of Meppel, Zwolle and Kampen. Germeraad and Visscher were presented with the prize during the annual Harbor Dinner by Bart Kuipers (Port Economist at Erasmus University) and Barbara Visser (then member of the Parliament VVD, now State Secretary of Defence)..
Port Economist Bart Kuipers reported on behalf of the jury that Alumax had experienced strong growth. “Alumax’s sales market continued to grow, extending beyond national borders. The success continues to grow. The jam-packed order book, which includes several fire brigade boats, water taxis and tenders, means that Alumax is almost literally bursting at the seams”.
From the garage in Hasselt to the modern yard in Meppel. A lot has changed in all those years, but the characteristics no-nonsense culture has always remained the same. There ar now 19 people working at Alumax and Alumax’s aluminum boats sail throughout the Netherlands; in the canals of Amsterdam, Leiden and Zwolle and in the ports of Scheveningen and in Rotterdam as the well-kown yellow water taxis. The boats of Alumax also saill acorss national borders. For example, Alumax Boats served as the organization’s offical water taxi during the London Olympics (2012). But BAM International, ‘Natuurmonumenten’, various fire brigades, Boskalis and Rijkswaterstaat, as well as hunders of privat individuals, also belong to the company’s large customer base.
Despite of the growth and the many praises Alumax has received, what has remained unchanged is the strong bond between Remko and Jarno; partners in business but above all involved brothers-in-law.
Alumax Boats B.V. designs and builds various models of aluminum boats in various sizes. In addition to sloops and tenders for private individuals, we also make ‘tailor-made boats’ for our business customers, such as harbor service boats, water taxis, work boats and touring boats.