History of the company
The -originally Dutch- company Jongejans Luchttechniek (JLT) started in a garage in 1987 with Jacob Jongejans and his father Harry Jongejans. They started with the development of fans and cyclones especially for the flowerbulb market in the Netherlands. These were the first two products they manufactured and still deliver these systems today. From the beginning, the business grew and the garage was too small so they needed to expand. In 1990, father and son bought a workplace in the village Breezand. Within two years two other brothers, Hugo and Fred, joined the company and a real family business started. Since then, the business grew rapidly and in 1994 they moved to the current establishment in Den Helder. From that moment, Jongejans Luchttechniek owned an office and a –state of the art- production facility for the production of fans and filter systems. More and more they broadened their horizon to other countries and diversified with different products to other markets. By the end of 2007, they were active in the wood and paper industry, onions, potatoes, seeds and flowerbulbs.
Focus on agriculture
During the crisis of 2008, a new strategy was developed and they went back to their core business; flowerbulbs, onions and potatoes. Besides the change of focus, they also expand their markets including the United States of America. They made -and executed- their vision in the year 2009 when Jongejans Luchttechniek visited for the first time the US to explore the onion market for extraction systems. Jongejans installed the first extraction system at Owyhee Produce in Nyssa in 2011. In 2012, they set up a local US subsidiary company Jongejans Dust Collectors USA Inc. and opened an office in the centre of the biggest potato and onion area of the US, Meridian, Idaho. The owners of JDC and Jongejans Luchttechniek are Fred and Hugo Jongejans.
To keep pace with the growing business, JDC took over their former agent M&M Equipment in April 2015. At this moment 10 people work for the company (of which 3 former M&M employees).