Veldhuis Dairies LLC
In the early 1980s, Jacob and Anna Veldhuis packed up their life in the Netherlands and brought their family to the United States. They arrived in California in pursuit of the American dream, pouring everything they had into starting a dairy farm. Over the next two decades, their family grew, and so did their business.
In 1984, Jacob and Anna had moved to Washington, where they were running a single dairy facility. In 2000, Veldhuis Dairies began on a path of significant expansion, and they eventually reached a point that they were unable to keep up with their ongoing success. They started looking for a lender who would understand their needs and recognize the value of a long-term banking relationship. Their accountant suggested one bank in particular: one founded by a fellow dairy farmer, with a solid reputation amongst dairy and livestock businesses.
They chose Citizens Business Bank to accommodate their business expansion. The Bank was able to work closely with the family to offer customized solutions tailored to their unique business needs. “They’ve always taken care of us,” the whole family agrees, “they processed loans quickly, and whenever we started a project they came through.” With the help of Commercial Lending solutions, Veldhuis Dairies was able to acquire additional dairy facilities for their growing business.
Today, Veldhuis Dairies is truly a family-owned and family-run business. “We don’t believe in titles,” says Fransisca. Instead of having individual titles, Jacob and Anna, along with their daughter Fransisca and her husband Mark, their son Ruurd and his wife Tabitha, and their son Hessel, all consider themselves owner/operators of Veldhuis Dairies. In the seven years since becoming a customer of the Bank’s Dairy & Livestock Industries Group, Veldhuis Dairies has more than doubled in size. The family employs approximately 225 workers to tend to 19,000 cows across their six facilities in Washington. They’ve added three new dairies in the last five years alone, and with the Bank’s support they plan to open another soon.