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 1937 til today.
Barbara Bargetzi grew up as the oldest daughter of five children in the Bargetzi-Derungs family in Domat/Ems in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Like her parents, she worked for Hovag, a manufacturer of ethyl alcohol from wood and a predecessor of Emser Werke AG.
Rudolf Bauberger was born as the only child of Rudolf and Margrith Bauberger-Bachmann and grew up on a small farm in Dinhard bei Winterthur in the Swiss canton of Zurich. He came into contact early on with machinery and motors, because his father was one of the first drivers for Emil Toggenburger.
Rudolf began his apprenticeship as a truck mechanic at Garage Vetterli in Seuzach in the Swiss canton of Zurich. He became the proud owner of a Fiat Ballila already as an apprentice.
After his apprenticeship, Rudolf worked as a tank truck driver for Erwin Lang in Kreuzlingen in the Swiss canton of Thurgau. He drove to Basel daily in a brand-new Mercedes truck to pick up fuel for eastern Switzerland at the port.
Driving the same route every day became boring. So Rudolf found a new challenge as a crane operator at Emil Toggenburger.
Hovag expanded and was renamed Emser Werke. It built new production facilities. Rudolf therefore worked several months in Domat/Ems in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. He rented a room from the Bargetzi family. It was there that he first met Barbara.
Barbara Bargetzi moved to Winterthur and became the first female employee of Emil Toggenburger in the scheduling office.
The economy boomed and a lot of construction was carried out. Rudolf accepted a new position at G. Stiefel in Zurich. He had assignments at construction sites throughout Switzerland and also in Germany, operating the then new 30-ton all-wheel lattice mast vehicle-mounted crane from Coles.
For 17 years, Rudolf worked on the front line as a crane operator and on-site supervisor for installation and relocation projects. He noticed that the companies involved were coordinated badly, if at all. They lacked a centralized organization, precise planning and an overall, all-inclusive solution.
Rudolf detected this market niche that needed filling. Bauberger was founded as a sole proprietorship by Rudolf and Barbara Bauberger in Wiesendangen in the Swiss canton of Zurich. It has since specialized as a general contractor in machinery transports, crane work, and installation projects. Barbara continued to work as a scheduler, but this time for her own 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).
Successful start of the new year with full order books, including the relocation of IWC
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.