From horse power to virtual reality

    Ludwig Bergmann Sr., the grandfather of my predeceased husband Ludwig, was a pioneer of agricultural engineering in the Oldenburg Münsterland region: With great business sense, boundless energy and passionate creativity, he founded the company in Goldenstedt in 1896. And from then on he built agricultural machinery. That was 125 years ago. And even the founder knew how to get his machines (at that time still with horse power) to the customer. In an advertisement in the regional newspaper Oldenburgische Volkszeitung on August 26, 1905, he stated:

    „"ATTENTION: My wide and pin threshing machines, spreaders and shredder machines which were awarded at the Oldenburg Trade and Industrial Exhibition ... have defied already rain, wind and sunburn for 10 weeks under free sky  ... I would like to have the gentlemen farmers as well as agents hereby asked to want to take a look at these machines after such a rare sample."

    That's what the "gentlemen farmers and agents" did. And so BERGMANN developed into a pioneer in agricultural technology - far beyond the region. Two generations further on, I am now the third generation to run the traditional family business. We are proud of that. And 125 years after Ludwig Bergmann Sr. it sounds like this today:

    „Agricultural machinery in 3D animation, videos directly from the field, employees in the chat room, a virtual tour of the production hall, moderation in the live auditorium.“

    Due to COVID 19, we had invited our customers and dealers to our first virtual trade show in March 2021.  So to say, from horse power to virtual reality.

    What has remained is that we continue to offer our dealers and customers around the world top-quality, state-of-the-art agricultural machinery at very reasonable prices. Of course, this is only possible hand in hand with our employees, who - like the company's founder back then - still work with great business sense, boundless energy and passionate creativity. They are the ones who guarantee the success of our company.

    We would have been so happy to celebrate our 125th anniversary with you and our partners, suppliers, dealers and customers. But we'll do that later. For sure.

    Cordial greetings on behalf of the family,

    Dr. jur. Jutta Middendorf-Bergmann,

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    • 1896

      Ludwig Bergmann Sr. establishes a factory for agricultural machinery in Goldenstedt.

    • 1922

      The sons Hermann and Franz Bergmann join their father's business.

    • 1922

      Especially with the production of threshing machines the company gains great reputation

    • 1946 – 1950

      Start of production of grain blowers, hay and straw blowers follow.

    • 1953

      Start of the "potato harvester era". With the development and production of innovative potato harvesters, the company reaches a leading position in the market.

    • 1954

      With the entry into the production of manure spreaders, BERGMANN lays the foundation for its development into a specialist for spreading technology.

    • 1963

      Loader wagons for green harvesting are added to the product range.

    • 1976

      Dipl.-Ing. Ludwig Bergmann joins the company. With great business sense and a large dose of humanity and foresight, he has a lasting influence on the company's culture in the following decades. Technical developments are constantly expanded and the market position is strengthened.

    • 2008

      The owner, Dipl.-Ing. Ludwig Bergmann, passed away much too early at the age of only 61. The takeover of the management by his wife, Dr. jur. Jutta Middendorf-Bergmann, ensures the continued existence as a family business and the continuation into the next generation.

    • 2009

      Start of the extensive modernization measures of the production plant with the completion of the welding and assembly hall with 3,000 m² production area. Ten overhead traveling cranes form the core of the hall.

    • 2011

      The company owner, Dr. jur. Jutta Middendorf-Bergmann, is awarded the Oldenburger Münsterland Enterprise Prize as " Businesswoman of the Year".

    • 2012

      Completion of the second new production hall with 5,400 m² of production area and adjoining social building. The core is the coating plant, which is designed according to the most modern aspects.

    • 2021

      125th company anniversary and first virtual trade show at BERGMANN

    BERGMANN at a glance

    Foundation: 1896
    Founder: Ludwig Bergmann (*15.05.1865 +25.06.1949)
    CEO: Dr. jur. Jutta Middendorf-Bergmann
    Registered office: Ludwig Bergmann GmbH, Hauptstraße 64-66, 49424 Goldenstedt, Germany
    Company site: 11 ha
    Production area: approx. 25.000 m²
    Employees: approx. 150
    Association: VDMA - Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.
    Product program: Manure spreaders, Universal Spreaders, Loader Wagons, Forage Transport Trailers, Body Swap System, Grain Transfer Trailers, Beet Transfer Trailers, Self-propelled Systsems
    Sales network: over 300 sales partners worldwide

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