In 1977 the third generation, Ard and John, took over the helm. A few years later John retired, and the company was led bij Ard and his younger brother Peter.
The company expanded further and Van der Linden worked, amongst others, for retailers in food and electronics, and the cardboard industry.. In 1983 Van der Linden drove its first transport for Twinpack.
Further expansion followed: transports to abroad, chemical transport ADR and for instance, the transport of window frames.