In 1975 H.J. Schoenmaker bought the factory at an auction. This man also
bought, in 1964, cardboardfactory "De
Toekomst" and other old industrial buildings. A foundation for
preservation of the brickworks tried to buy the brickworks but Schoenmaker
asked a much higher price than they could afford.
Until recently many old agricultural machines could be found on the terrain.
Schoenmaker used "De Toekomst" mainly for storing old machinery
and scrap iron, which makes me wonder if he didn't do the same here. There
have been plans for a brick museum, but obviously nothing came of it.
More recent plans involved making the furnace into a hotel and selling
local products or building luxury houses. But since there is no permission
to build houses here most likely scenario now is that the grounds will
be given back to agricultural use and turned back into meadow, after 200
years of industrial use. The furnace and smokestack will stay, as they
have monument status and the furnace furthermore houses bats during winter.