Having been in their family for four generations, the story of sawmill and wood trader H. Oude Hengel GmbH in Gildehaus, Germany, is a remarkable one. Run by Dutch brothers Valentijn and Douwe Oude Hengel, the company is one of the largest wood specialists in the area, fitted with top-notch machinery, drying rooms and the wood that passes through Oude Hengel is of the legal kind. What started in the previous century as a sawmill, café, grocery and bakery all at once in the Dutch town of Ootmarsum, is that what H. Oude Hengel is today in Gildehaus, just across the German border.

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