How it all began

The ROM story

It all began in 1980..

What do you think bread and a ROM machine have in common? Not much you would think. Nothing could be further from the truth. Travel back in time with us to 1980. Amsterdam. To a place where the smell of fresh bread once hung in the air. We see the young Eugene Plompen in a former bakery shop. He is working on one of the first ROM sewer cleaning machines.

His motto: make a machin e that is indestructible. That will just keep running. Even in the most extreme circumstances. Year in, year out. That very first machine is still there. And it is still working. And it has been working for 38 years.

We outgrew the bakery a long time ago, and now we make hundreds of machines every year. But one thing hasn't changed: that indestructible quality.

The story of Eugene Plompen - history ROM bv

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1980 Establishment of Technical Trading company ROM in Amsterd

Born in Amsterdam on 4 July 1980: the Technical Trading company ROM. With an office in a former bakery in the Kromme Mijdrechtstraat and with borrowed materials from Leistikow and RIDGID Kollmann

1980 The first invoice booklet

The first invo ice booklet from 1980 with the names of customers who have been with us since the beginning and who have stayed with us. And we are very proud of this

1980 Importer of RIDGID Kollmann

In 1980, ROM began importing RIDGID Kollmann products. These pr oducts are loved by our customers. In 1957, Mr Kollmann introduced the RIDGID K - 50 spring machine. Even after 60 years, the professional still appreciates the power, versatility and durability of this machine.

1983 Director Eugene Plompen starts as a service engineer for ROM

1983 Director Eugene Plompen starts as a service engineer for ROM

1984 Start of in - house production

We have been producing our own machines in house since 1984. First at Arie Hissink's in Zutphen, and then in Putten in Joop Ceelen's garage

ROM became a limited liability company in 1984.

1985 The start of products being exported

Machines were exported abroad for the first time in 1985. This ROM 1500, for example, was shipped to Singapore. The start of many more e xport orders.

1985 The first trailer for the Dutch market

The first trailer for the Dutch market was produced and delivered.

1986 Relocation to Edisonstraat in Barneveld

ROM moved to Edisonstraat on the De Valk industrial estate in Barneveld in 1986. This was necessary to bring all of our production under one roof

1986 The first toilet service units were made from an old gas tank

ROM started the production of t oilet service machines in 1986. The first units were made from an old gas tank.

1986 Expansion of product line with combis, built - in units and toilet service units

ROM expands the production line. In addition to the trailers and toilet service units , sewer combis and built - in units are now being built.

1986 The success of RIDGID inspection cameras began with a film about the Titanic

At the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 metres deep, 4 degrees Celsius and at a pressure of 400 bar. A n extreme environment. Pitch black. In order to be able to film the R.M.S. Titanic in 1986 for the Imax movie, Titanica, lighting was required to get a good view of the sunken ship. This lighting also needed to be able to withstand cold, water and the crus hing pressure of 400 bar.

The lamps that were specially made for this function worked so well under these conditions that the manufacturer also started developing underwater cameras for deep - sea inspections. Lamps and cameras that can withstand the rough o cean.

Together with RIDGID, they used their experience and technology to develop the SeeSnake inspection camera. At ROM, we have been proud to supply these cameras to the most demanding specialists for the inspection of pipes and sewers for many years. The conditions they must endure are sometimes just as arduous as on the bottom of the ocean...

1994 ROM moves to Harselaarseweg 63

ROM had already grown quite well in 1994: the machines literally had to be built or finished outside. ROM therefore moved to a much larger building on Harselaarseweg 63.

2000 Expansion of production capacity; establishment of EUROM s.r.o. in the Czech Republic

Expansion of production capacity; establishment of EUROM s.r.o. in the Czech Republic in 2000. In around 2000, our exports had started to grow so fast that partners were appointed throughout Europe. The production problem became so great that ROM decided to expand to Brno (Czech Republic) and set up a separate production company there.

2000 The first sketch of the ROM 600 sewer cleaning trailer

2000 The first sketch of the ROM 600 sewer cleaning trailer

2004 ROM bv becomes part of the KOKS Group

 

2004 ROM bv becomes part of the KOKS Group In 2004, Jacques sold all his shares to Gerard Koks Sr This new collaboration brought several advantages for both companies:

  • Synergy in purchasing, for example
  • Bundling of know - how
  • Seamless connection of products and services
  • Joint customer approach
  • Use of each other’s parts

2005 ROM bv 25 years

In 2005, ROM bv celebrated its 25th anniversary. Various customers, different models and a large team with employees. ROM has become a mature company.

2005 Dealership for RIDGID Tools

2005 Dealership for RIDGID Tools. A n ice supplement to the existing RIDGID range. ROM becomes a one - stop - shop in the sewer cleaning and toilet service sector.

2010 ROM bv 30th anniversary

In 2010, ROM bv 30th anniversary. Our machines are now travelling all over the world and being use d in hot and cold places.

 

ROM bv 35th anniversary

ROM bv 35th anniversary. Our first Toilet Service Magazine appears, we organise an open day, and the first SmartTrailer PRO sewer cleaning trailer full of innovations comes off the production line.

2018 Introduction of new ROM EcoFit built - in sewer cleaning unit

2018 The new ROM EcoFit built - in sewer cleaning unit and many other innovations, including the eSTEAM smoke generator, new options on the SmartCombi PRO, and more were introduced.

2018 Global market leader with more than 50 partners in more than 35 countries

2018 Global market leader with more than 50 partners in more than 35 countries.