THE ARUBA ALOE BALM NV ALOIN FACTORYBy Keesi Eman
Around 1945, a son of Cornelis Eman, Keesi Eman, took over the company. He immediately started a very ambitious plan to build a factory where he would process the Aloe latex and produce the aloin as a finished product for the pharmaceutical industry instead of exporting Aloe hard gum as a raw material. In 1949, he opened his new factory at Sabana Blanco, where he produced 7,500 kilos (16,534.67 pounds) of aloin in 1951, which, at that time, was 30% of the total world production. Still, the reduced world demand for aloin in those years, the diminished interest in working on the land in Aruba, and the difficulty of breaking into the aloin market (which was well protected by the pharmaceutical industry) caused it to be a challenging business. Keesi passed away in 1954, and the factory closed in the same year.