The Global Standard For More Than 85 Years
Nienhuis Montessori was founded in 1929 by Albert Nienhuis, who collaborated with Maria Montessori to create products which reflected her vision of education. Children feel a natural drive to develop and need to be given the opportunity to do so freely. Nienhuis Montessori’s product range enables children to discover the world independently. We only use the best materials, created with care, commitment and attention to detail. Nienhuis combines skills with technology, and has been doing so for over 85 years. Educating people is a skill.
In 1975, a distribution center was opened in the United States to focus on Montessori customers in North and South America. Nienhuis Montessori has been officially endorsed by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) for decades. It is the world’s leading brand when it comes to Montessori materials. We work with specialists from within the field of education who share our ambition. In line with the Montessori vision, we develop materials which create a stimulating educational environment, in which the child always has a central position.
1964Nienhuis relocates to Zelhem, a city in the Eastern part of the country. This is still its location today.
1997Nienhuis USA continues to grow. The office area is expanded and the warehouse is moved to a location down the street.
1998Nienhuis USA expands its showroom. Customers come from all over the US to attend the opening celebration.
2002Nienhuis USA moves to 140 E. Dana Street, a larger facility around the corner from its previous location. Once again, the office and warehouse are together.
2004Nienhuis celebrates its 75th Anniversary. The first Montessori Museum is opened in the Zelhem Headquarters. Renilde Montessori is the guest of honor; she leads the opening ceremony.
2007Nienhuis is bought by the Heutink Group, a well established, highly regarded educational company based in Rijssen, Holland.
2008Montessori Museum opens in US. After touring cities throughout the US and Canada, the exhibit resides in its permanent home at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota in St. Paul.
2009The Nienhuis Asia factory continues its expansion. Large, highly functional production and warehousing facilities are completed. The plan to shift all Nienhuis production to this location begins. The Zelhem location opens its substantial Export Center. Nienhuis, Toys for Life, Heutink and Educo products are all shipped from this location – 4 Brands, 1 Shipment begins.
2011Nienhuis USA moves to its current home at 150 S Whisman Road - a fully renovated, state-of-the-art, highly efficient office and warehouse facility created to better serve its growing market.