It’s no small feat to keep a business running for more than 70 years, but Niemeyer’s Landscaping Supply, a third-generation family owned company, has been serving the Crown Point community since 1948, somehow makes it look easy.
Originally established as a farm service, the company became a full-service landscaping material supplier in 1987 and have been expanding services and offerings ever since. In upholding their company values, Niemeyer is dedicated to serving their community. As inventory grew over the decades (including adding a garden center to the property six years ago), they realized they needed more storage space. Doing partnerships with other likeminded companies has always been important to Ozinga.
Current owner Nathan Niemeyer recently purchased a neighboring property to increase storage capability and better organize their materials yard. Still, they needed an innovative way to restructure the new property to ensure everything was able to fit and easy to reach/use. “While being land locked on all sides, I want to provide my customers access to the most material I can and allow my team greater organizational control of our space,” said Nathan.
To revamp the property, the team at Niemeyer utilized almost 1,600 Ozinga concrete blocks to create custom storage bins that now hold reserves of mulch, limestone, crushed aggregate, sand, dirt, and salt. Custom-made cap blocks where needed allowing Niemeyer to install a hop/canopy at the top of the storage bins to keep product protected from the elements. A local contractor was hired to lay a foundation of recycled crushed concrete from Ozinga’s Crown Point yard and assist with hauling blocks for the project. Ozinga’s vast network of convenient locations throughout Indiana allowed for convenient pick-up while still keeping travel times low.
Ozinga Materials Solutions Representative Ken Vandervelde worked closely with Nathan, proactively updating the Niemeyer team on block inventory at different Northwest Indiana Ozinga locations to get the large order filled as quickly as possible. Oftentimes, Niemeyer and drivers were able to quickly pick up a load of blocks when they were already on the road for a different project—saving the customer time and money. The ability to pick up blocks while already out also allowed the drivers to reduce deadhead trips when delivering materials to other jobsites or customers.
“The customer service—Ken’s commitment to reaching out to us and making sure our needs were met, keeping the contact going, making sure we had the quantity we needed; I had a great experience,” said Nathan Niemeyer.
The bins aren’t complete just yet. Nathan still needs about 100 blocks to cap off the project, but he’s confident it can be completed very soon. Niemeyer added that “our partnership, trust in each other, and desire to serve our local community is why we work with Ozinga. Together there’s nothing we can’t handle.”