Spotlight on 90 years of Vogelsang history

Identifying opportunities and developing demand-driven solutions

Founded by Hugo Vogelsang as a sawmill in 1929, Vogelsang is now a owner-managed, internationally oriented machine construction company specializing in technically high-quality machines in the fields of agricultural technology, biogas, industry, transportation and wastewater. Our company’s strength has always been identifying the customers’ requirements and finding functional solutions for them, and remains the same to this day. Our slogan ‘Engineered to work’ is not just a saying, it is our passion. We optimize products until they meet our quality standards and exceed our customers’ requirements where possible.

We are proud of our company history. Now, in our 90th year, Vogelsang is being overseen by the third generation of managing directors with each generation making its own unique mark on the company. Dive into the historic world of Vogelsang.

“Innovation has been our driving force since Vogelsang was founded in 1929. Developing ideas and products continuously is what makes us successful.”

Harald Vogelsang, Managing Director at Vogelsang.


Vogelsang’s history at a glance

1929 – Hugo Vogelsang founds a sawmill in Bunnen

In 1929, cooper Hugo Vogelsang founds a sawmill with 10 employees in Bunnen, Lower Saxony. Early products include wooden barrels, washing containers for milk cans and fodder silos. Later, they added early rocking washing machines with mechanical components.

1954 – Vogelsang produces the 20,000th wooden barrel

Vogelsang rapidly becomes one of the most prominent manufacturers of agricultural tankers in North Germany. By 1954, the company has already produced 20,000 wooden barrels, which equated to an extraordinary production output at that time. The company began to focus on spreading technology at an early stage. This focus would go on to become very important for Vogelsang.

1960 – Helmut Vogelsang assumes management of the company

In 1960, Helmut Vogelsang took over management of the company. From that point on, the qualified mechanical engineer concentrated on new designs in response to the constantly rising challenges.

1965 – Headquarters are relocated from Löningen-Bunnen to Essen/Oldb.

To make room for the company to grow, new headquarters, 3600 m² in size, is built in the neighboring Essen/Oldb. in 1965.

1970 – Invention of the elastomer-coated rotary lobe pump

From 1970 on, development and international patenting of the elastomer-coated rotary lobe pump marks the start of the transition from a wood-working to a metal-working company. As a result, the robust and foreign matter-resistant rotary lobe pumps can be used as self-priming pumps in the agricultural sector for the first time.

1980 – Invention of dribble bar technology

Vogelsang has been deeply rooted in agricultural technology since its establishment. In 1980, the company launches an efficient and in particular environmentally friendly spreading technology: the dribble bar. Invented by Burkhard Verhülsdonk, it makes economical use and environmentally friendly spreading of liquid manure as a resource possible for the first time – not least thanks to the outstanding spreading accuracy and reliable technology. Today, Vogelsang is a market leader in the dribble bar system sector.

1985 – Maria Vogelsang-Verhülsdonk becomes the new Managing Director

Maria Vogelsang had already held the position of Managing Director of the company, in addition to working as a PE teacher, since her husband passed away, but decided to take over the management of the company full-time in 1985 after commercial difficulties.

1988 – First Vogelsang subsidiary founded

In 1988, the first Vogelsang subsidiary is founded in Denmark, ringing in the company’s expansion to more and more new countries. Vogelsang now has over 25 locations worldwide. In 2014, the 20th subsidiary, Vogelsang Austria, is founded in Austria.

1992 – Hugo Vogelsang joins the company

In 1992, Hugo Vogelsang joins the company. The qualified engineer readies his father’s company for the future: He pushes new product development by developing calculation and simulation software. He also prioritizes flexible production with significant vertical integration. During this process, the company continues to focus on the Essen/Oldb. location.

1996 – Invention of twisted HiFlo rotary lobes

In 1996, Hugo Vogelsang makes a ground-breaking invention: the twisted HiFlo® rotary lobe. This special form of rotary lobe enhances the smoothness of the rotary lobe pump, especially at high pressures, reducing vibrations and noise to levels otherwise only achieved by centrifugal pumps.
The brand remains an important component of Vogelsang rotary lobe pumps to this day.

1996 – Development of vacuum disposal plants

In 1996, Vogelsang expands the range of applications for rotary lobe pumps, adding vacuum pump systems for disposal of black water, enabling the company to enter a new market as a supplier to the railway sector. Today, Vogelsang is the market leader in vacuum disposal systems for rail vehicles, and has added vacuum supply and disposal systems for boats and buses to its range of solutions.

1997 – Harald Vogelsang joins the company

In 1997, Harald Vogelsang becomes a member of the Management Board. The business graduate sets himself the goal of positioning the company internationally to future-proof it. With his brother, Hugo Vogelsang, he forms a successful duo combining business and technical expertise.

2015 – Maria Vogelsang-Verhülsdonk receives an award for her life’s work

In November 2015, Maria Vogelsang-Verhülsdonk is honored by the Oldenburger Münsterland Network. She is presented with the award for her ‘Entrepreneurial Life’s Work’ in a grand ceremony. The event, held in Cloppenburg Town Hall, is attended by more than 400 guests from the fields of commerce, administration and politics. ‬

2019 – Vogelsang celebrates its 90th anniversary

In 2019, Vogelsang turns 90. The regional crafts business has now become an international mechanical engineering corporation with over 25 locations and just under 1000 employees worldwide. The headquarters in Essen/Oldb. has also grown considerably in size, with halls currently spanning over 28,000 square meters. In 2018, Vogelsang generated a consolidated turnover of roughly 112 million euros.

2019 – Vogelsang expands its management board

David Guidez (44) has been a member of the management board of Vogelsang GmbH & Co. KG since 25 February 2019. Together with Hugo and Harald Vogelsang, he manages the business of the company and is responsible in particular for the areas of production, quality management, order processing and service.

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