Sterk Heiwerken was founded more than 130 years ago as a small family business. The Sterk family lived on a barge from which they ran a dredging business. In the late nineteenth century the business settled in Friesland because of the construction of a canal there.

From the 1960s onwards the company exchanged their barge for an onshore site and commenced expanding its operations in the Netherlands. Additional members of staff were taken on to operate the cranes.

In the late 1990s a sister company named Sterk Midden Nederland was established in Eembrugge. HAB Heiwerken was taken over in 2010 and after a few years as a subsidiary company, HAB became fully incorporated into the Sterk Group in 2016. The company also expanded abroad. For example, there has been a branch in Bremerhaven for a number of years now: Sterk Spezialtiefbau. Sterk currently employs more than 100 members of staff and has branches in Eembrugge, Drachten and Bremerhaven (Germany).