THE FOUR GENERATIONS
1923 – The Netherlands is still recovering from World War 1. Queen Wilhelmina is celebrating her 25 years anniversary as a queen, and the first public programs appear on the radio. Meanwhile, in Egypt, Howard Carter opens the grave tomb of Pharaoh Tut-Ankh-Amun. The short period after World War 1 is characterized by its upward-spiral in the economic conjuncture. However, this success transformed into a crisis in 1920. Despite the crisis, Toon van Nieuwenborg takes the opportunity to become an independent entrepreneur. He opens a small stonemason's yard in Venlo, where he modifies natural stone. The activities are primary based on building and renovating churches and the manufacturing of tombstones. It is in this period that he teaches his brother Pierre and his children Tom and Toën the specific skills for the natural stone craft.
1952 – After a tough period of War, nephew Toën van Nieuwenborg opens a stonemason's yard in Blerick (Venlo). The projects are mostly based on the renovation of buildings destroyed during the war. For instance, he plays a role in the renovation of the St. Martini Tower in Groningen. Business is great and therefore he opens a new, larger stonemason's yard at the Voltastraat in Venlo in 1956. There he uses a new more advanced sewing machine and a modern polishing machine. Toën enlarges his market niche and starts to produce natural stone window sills and thresholds.
In 1962 Toën‘s eldest son, called Tom, starts working at the workshop. His specialty is to extend the current production capacities, by buying some new machines. Two years later, Toën’s second son John comes to support the family business. His focus is above all importing and buying natural stone. John spends plenty of time in foreign countries. He takes the famous Jura marble plates to America and is the first one in the Soviet-Union who mapped the available natural stone. Later on he travels to India where he starts up a completely new production unit and helps with building a school meant for the children of the natural stone craftsmen. In this period the company launches the famous Anröchter Stein on the market which is later known as “Nibo Stone” in the Netherlands. John is still traveling the world. These days he is doing that together with his nephew Maurice in order to take the best natural stone to the Netherlands.
1992 – Marco, the eldest son of Tom, starts to work at the company. His talent is to sell natural stone building elements and to enlarge the market. One illustrative example is that he develops a natural stone threshold that is the only one in the Netherlands that has a KOMO-certification. After 3 years his brother Maurice is also added to the team, especially focusing on automate operational processes. He learns a lot from his uncle about the import of natural stone. Nowadays, together with his uncle, he is visiting factories, quarries and network associations all over the world. Furthermore he is responsible for daily leadership of the both locations of the company.