Degenaar Gevelonderhoud in The Hague will continue under the umbrella of cleaning company Gom. The more than forty-year-old company specialises in window cleaning and façade maintenance of office buildings. As an independent unit within Gom, Degenaar Gevelonderhoud will work closely with Gom Specialistische Reiniging. The two companies complement each other well, especially in the area of their client bases. Founder Jan Degenaar will remain the person responsible in the new set-up.
Gom Specialistische Reiniging is also active in the area of window cleaning and façade maintenance. The acquisition of Degenaar Gevelonderhoud will help Gom further augment this specialisation. ‘Degenaar has a great reputation and extensive knowledge in the field of window cleaning and façade maintenance. It is a company that has primarily built up its name in the property sector, as a maintenance company for exterior walls. As part of Gom, Gom Specialistische Reiniging has primarily individual clients in its portfolio, so there is an excellent fit between us,’ concludes Albert van der Meulen, Managing Director of Gom on the move.
Degenaar Gevelonderhoud was started by name giver Jan Degenaar in 1978. From a traditional window-cleaning company aimed at private consumers, the company developed increasingly towards the professional market over the years. Both in the Randstad area and beyond, Degenaar Gevelonderhoud now serves a growing number of building owners, property managers, project developers and contractors. Its list of clients includes a number of significant projects.
Reflecting on the future
Both companies have known each other for some time. On occasion, the companies have also worked together on certain projects. These positive experiences were the reason for Jan Degenaar to enter into discussions with Gom about a possible takeover. ‘This year, I will be 63, an age at which you start to reflect on the future. I employ about 40 people – 50 when you include subcontractors – who depend on the functioning of Degenaar for their income. It is a collaborative effort, so it is also my duty to leave the company behind in the right way.’
Working under the same name
‘The company will join Gom, part of Facilicom Group, immediately, although for clients there will be little change,’ says Degenaar. ‘I will continue to head the company for at least another three years. We will also continue to work under the name of Degenaar Gevelonderhoud, and we will remain in The Hague to serve our own clients. It is beneficial for us to receive better support. Gom has specialists in house across the board.’
Peter Hoeijmans, Business Unit Director at Gom Specialistische Reiniging, expects that the cultures of the two companies will work well together. ‘We like to have short lines of communication. We hold our employees in high esteem and consider quality of paramount importance. These are also things that Degenaar Gevelonderhoud believes in. And, just like Facilicom Group, Degenaar Gevelonderhoud is a family business. That is why the culture at Degenaar Gevelonderhoud fits in very well with ours, especially since the objective is that the company retains its own identity.’