Philip Schaafsma is a new sales representative for Thermoflor, a company with a lot of experience building garden centers worldwide.
The history of the Dutch construction company Thermoflor goes all the way back to 1877. Since then, the company has been through a lot of changes, from simple conservatories to complex glass and steel turnkey projects. With a new sales representative, Thermoflor is well equipped to service the American market.
Previously, Petitti Garden Center (Avon, Ohio), Chuck Hafner (Syracuse, N.Y.), Jacob’s Garden (Ottowa Lake, Mich.), Hicks Nurseries (Westbury, N.Y.) and Holes (Alberta, Ca.) were all built by Thermoflor. After a period of absence, the company is now represented in the U.S. and Canada by Schaafsma, who has more than 40 years of experience in retail lawn and garden, greenhouse growing and the floral industry, and is a former board member of the Garden Centers of America. Schaafsma is the former owner of Chicago-based Sids Greenhouses, which closed in 2011.
“Thermoflor is a family business where true commitment is the key word,” Schaafsma says. “Our customers appreciate the solid and smooth way in which we construct our projects and praise the personal attention they are given. Engineering and production work are done in house and we also manage the construction of the projects on site. This guarantees maximum quality and reliability – two of our company’s greatest concerns.”
In the UK, where things are going well for garden centers, Thermoflor is a well known construction company.
“The United Kingdom is an important market to us, especially to increase our own knowledge,” Schaafsma says. “By following new developments in the UK and sharing them by our blog (www.thermoflor-blog.com), we are better prepared to inform and advise our customers in the U.S.”