Heesen Yachts to Expand Its Interiors Workshop
Heesen is expanding its facility in Winterswijk, the Netherlands, by adding 2240 square metres of production space. The facility serves as the yacht builder's interiors workshop and was acquired in 2000 under the name Oortgiese.
Originally established in 1940, Heesen Interiors has created interior furniture exclusively for Heesen yachts for the past 34 years. With the expansion, the total production area will become 8100 square metres. The office space will be increased by 332 square metres reaching almost 1000 square metres. The expansion is to be completed in September.
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Workforce Expanded Too
During the facility development, Heesen is also hiring thirty new employees, who will bring the total workforce in Winterswijk to 130. The expansion of both the facilities and workforce comes in direct response to the increase in size and volume of the yachts being built by Heesen today. In turn, the level of sophistication and expertise required to produce interiors on this level means more space, more equipment, and more artisans.
Heesen is one of the few shipbuilders to have an entire in-house department of specialists, including cabinet-makers, upholsterers, joiners, French polishers, painters, CNC operators, draftsmen, project managers, engineers, and so on.
Pictures by Dick Holthuis and Georges van Wensween.