Swiss pioneers in heavy goods transports
From an one-man firm to a worldwide operating general contractor: The history of family, company und brand Bauberger from 1974 til today.
Rudolf Bauberger (born 1937) worked for 17 years on the front line as truck driver, crane operator and on-site supervisor for installation and relocation projects. During those years he noticed that the companies involved were coordinated badly, if at all.
He detected this market niche and founded "BAUBERGER" as a sole proprietorship together with his wife Barbara. Specialized as a general contractor in machinery transports, crane work, and installation projects. Barbara worked as a scheduler in the company. Initially, their living room served as the office.
At first, Rudolf worked on an hourly basis for various companies throughout Switzerland as a vehicle-mounted crane operator. Importing Japanese vehicle-mounted cranes made by Tadano was dropped because the work volume grew quickly, and various machines and factories were relocated. Initially, these tasks were performed with leased equipment, a Mercedes van, and a trailer.
First major contract: Rigging of new machines, tanks and silos, including machinery relocation of the old machines of the dairy Toni Molkerei Zürich on Eisgasse to the new site at Förrlibuck; took a total of two years.
Ruedi Bauberger joined the company.
Sole proprietorship converted to a stock corporation.
Relocation of filling plants of Pomdor in Kiesen, Belgium to Moscow; 40 transports over the course of six months.
Purchase of hydraulic gantries with a lifting capacity of 360t.
Relocation of SIGG pan and bottle operations in the Frauenfeld site with installation of new presses as heavy as 100t. Duration: 16 months.
Relocation of Vacheron-Constantin production operations from Le Sentier V to the new facility in Le Brassus.
As part of the succession arrangement, Bauberger AG is being integrated in Knecht Holding AG. The new managing director is Marcel Bach. Ruedi Bauberger remains on the Board of Directors and project manager. To succession arrangement article in the Landboten (in german).
After the successful handover of the operational management to Marcel Bach and his team, Ruedi Bauberger withdraws from the day-to-day operations in summer of 2018.
As the vice president of the management board, coach and consultant, he will remain connected with the company and continues to support them actively with his comprehensive and longstanding know-how in the background.
Photos: BAUBERGER AG / Familie Bauberger / Balz Murer / Rebecca Buchmüller