60th anniversary, a great achievement!
On June 9th 2014, it was exactly 60 years ago that Roelof Roo, the father of the current owners of the Rollecate Group, and his partners Hendrik Zwerus and Hendrik Vonder started producing steel windows and doors. Under the name Rollecate they had settled their business in the old community workplace in Staphorst. A successful formula, which was quickly proven.
During the past 60 years, Rollecate has developed from a local frame manufacturer to a leading, international and multi-divisional company. With over 500 employees the Rollecate Group is recognized as an expert in the area of façades and façade parts in aluminium, steel and PVC.
Rollecate is proud of its development in the past 60 years and we regard the future with great pleasure! “We would like to thank all our customers, partners, suppliers, employees and former employees for the past 60 years”.
VKG Architecture Award 2012
The "Woonzorgcomplex en Kulturhus De Kaleidoskoop" project in Nieuwkoop, a design by LEVS Architects, was awarded the VKG Architecture Award 2012. The award was presented for the eighth time last Tuesday, 4 December 2012 in the Hermitage in Amsterdam. Rollecate-Kumij supplied the uPVC window frames for this project.
The VKG Architecture Award has grown into a major industrial award since 2005. The award is granted every year to construction projects that make aesthetic use of uPVC façade elements in their design. This is the third time that Rollecate-Kumij has supplied the uPVC window frames for a project that won the VKG Architecture Award. The Keyzer project in Amsterdam received the VKG Architecture Award in 2011, and the Lewenborg project in Groningen won the VKG Renovation Award in 2010. Rollecate-Kumij is proud to have contributed to these projects and to share in the 2012 VKG Architecture Award.
Council for Refugees Award 2012
On Wednesday 31 October 2012 Rollecate won the first Council for Refugees Award in the Best Company category. "It is heart-warming that this company goes out of its way to help refugees even in financially tough times", said Dorine Manson, Director of the Dutch Council for Refugees.
Diederik Roo thought he was going to give a tour of the company to Dorine Manson, Director of Dutch Council for Refugees, but instead he was surprised with the award. "The jury just couldn't ignore Rollecate", said Dorine Manson, who was also the chairperson of the jury. "This company has a training centre where more than 30 refugees have earned a technical diploma over the past few years, which considerably improved their position on the job market", said Ms Manson.
The presentation of the Council for Refugees Award was broadcast on the late edition of Hart van Nederland on Wednesday 31 October 2012. Almost 1,000,000 people watched Diederik Roo receive the award. The award recognizes our socially-responsible policy which is part of what makes us a leader in our field.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011
Johan Roo, CEO of the Rollecate Group, was voted Accelerating Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 during a festive gathering at the Beurs van Berlage on the evening of Saturday 8 October 2011.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year title is the largest, most prestigious entrepreneur award in the world, and is awarded annually in over 50 countries. Ernst & Young organised the Entrepreneur Of The Year election in the Netherlands for the 16th time to recognize successful entrepreneurship in the Netherlands.
After the nomination and reaching the top five, quite an accomplishment in itself, Johan Roo was declared Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 in the category Accelerating. He accepted the award from Mr Pieter Jongstra, Managing Partner of Ernst & Young in Belgium and the Netherlands.
VKG Architecture Award 2011
The De Keyzer project in Amsterdam won the VKG Architecture Award in 2011. The designers opted for uPVC window frames because of the particular green colour and dimensions they had in mind. Kumij supplied the uPVC window frames for this project.
De Keyzer is based on the "dubbeltjespanden" [dime-houses, referring to the rent for these social housing projects] from 1890. These were all demolished, but this way the city block, measuring 130 x 24 meters with 112 residences and an area for community facilities, preserves the historic character of the street. The residences are mostly made from prefab HSB elements and are fitted with Kumij uPVC window frames. For this application Kumij developed a special uPVC casing which is placed around the window frame. A contributing factor was the colour of the window frames: Amsterdam Canal Green.