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.

1937

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.

Barbara Bargetzi
Barbara Bargetzi, at the age of 19.

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.

1953

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.

1953 Erstes Kontrollschild

1958

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.

1958 Rudolf als Tankwagen-Chaffeur

1959

Driving the same route every day became boring. So Rudolf found a new challenge as a crane operator at Emil Toggenburger.

1959 Rudolf heuert als Kranfahrer an

1960

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.

1960 Rudolf is working at the Ems Group.

1961

Barbara Bargetzi moved to Winterthur and became the first female employee of Emil Toggenburger in the scheduling office.

1964

1964 Wedding of Bauberger-Bargetzi
Barbara and Rudolf Bauberger-Bargetzi married.

1966

1966 Ruedi and his mother.
Shortly before the birth of their first child, Ruedi, Barbara stopped working.

1968

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.

1968 Brochure of G. Stiefel Zürich

1971

1971 Little Rita with mother Barbara und brother Ruedi.
The second child Rita is born.

1974

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.

1974 Company founding

1975

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.

1975 Purchase of first Still forklift with a lifting capacity of 3 tons.
Purchase of first Still forklift with a lifting capacity of 3 tons.

1976

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.

1977

Purchase of the first 11mt Magirus Deutz knuckle boom crane.
Purchase of the first 11mt Magirus Deutz knuckle boom crane.
1977 Relocation of the world’s largest industrial sewing machine to Teheran, Iran.
Relocation of the world’s largest industrial sewing machine to Teheran, Iran.

1979

1979 Purchase of the property in Elgg in the Swiss canton of Zurich
Purchase of the property in Elgg in the Swiss canton of Zurich.

1980

1980: Purchase of air film transport systems (air cushions) with compressor.
Purchase of air film transport systems (air cushions) with compressor.
1980 Purchase of a 34mt knuckle boom crane
Purchase of a 34mt knuckle boom crane.
1980 First crane diagram for the new 34mt knuckle boom crane.
First crane diagram for the new 34mt knuckle boom crane; drawn by Ruedi Bauberger.

1988

1988 Purchase of a 70mt Scania knuckle boom crane (No. 105).
Purchase of a 70mt Scania knuckle boom crane (No. 105).

1991

Ruedi Bauberger joined the company.

1992

Sole proprietorship converted to a stock corporation.

1993

Relocation of filling plants of Pomdor in Kiesen, Belgium to Moscow; 40 transports over the course of six months.

1994

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.

1995

1995 Acquisition of new laser measurement systems.
Acquisition of new laser measurement systems.
1995 Purchase of an 80mt Scania knuckle boom crane (No. 107).
Purchase of an 80mt Scania knuckle boom crane (No. 107).

1998

1998 Moving company of Hero
Relocation of LaChinoise pasta factory from Nyon to Frauenfeld for Hero, a16-month job.

1999

1999 Homepage went live.
Homepage went live with the picture of the month (today’s On the road).

2001

2001 Takeover of personnel and infrastructure of the maintenance department of Sulzer Textil AG Rüti.
Takeover of personnel and infrastructure of the maintenance department of Sulzer Textil AG.

2002

2002 Purchase of a Hubylift 75 from the USA.
Purchase of a Hubylift 75 from the USA.

2004

2004 A 180t gas turbine moved for BASF in Germany.
A 180t gas turbine moved for BASF in Germany.
2004 Maag relocated from Zürich to Oberglatt.
Maag relocated from Zürich to Oberglatt.
2004 Purchase of the Montylift-16 (No. 511)
Purchase of the Montylift-16 (No. 511)

2006

2006 Grave stone of founder Rudolf Bauberger.
Rudolf Bauberger died at the age of 69 following a short illness.
2006 Open house in Elgg (Switzerland).
Open house in Elgg (Switzerland).

2007

2007  Relocation at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne
Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne: Relocation of Piccard submarine, Coronado, DC-3, Gotthard model.
2007 Purchase of first Montylift-36 (No. 515).
Purchase of first Montylift-36 (No. 515).

2008

2008 Expansion of heavy goods warehouse in Elgg.
Expansion of heavy goods warehouse in Elgg (Switzerland).

2010

Purchase of second 100mt Volvo knuckle boom crane (No. 110).
Purchase of second 100mt Volvo knuckle boom crane (No. 110).

2013

2013 Relocation of Eichhof brewery rom Lucerne to Chur.
Relocation of Eichhof brewery from Lucerne to Chur.

Relocation of Vacheron-Constantin production operations from Le Sentier V to the new facility in Le Brassus.

2014

2014 Brand relaunch of Bauberger AG.
2014 Brand relaunch: new logo and new homepage.
Purchase of two new 10t and 25t transport boxes.
Purchase of two new 10t and 25t transport boxes.
2014 Replacement of Mercedes Actros knuckle boom crane (No. 103)
Replacement of Mercedes Actros knuckle boom crane (No. 103).
2014 40 year anniversary of Bauberger AG.
September 6: Open house to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bauberger AG.

2015

2015: Purchase of the third Montylift-16. The double mast is an innovation from the USA.
Purchase of the third Montylift-16. The double mast is an US-innovation.

2016

2016 Moved the entire locomotive hall in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne
Moved the entire locomotive hall in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne (50 locomotives, freight cars and streetcars). Duration: 2 months.
2016 Cooperation with Tschudy AG.
Cooperation with Tschudy AG, a pioneer in the Swiss canton of Graubünden for heavy goods transport by road.
2016 Purchase of the third Montylift-36 (No. 535).
Purchase of the third Montylift-36 (No. 535).
2016 Moved into the second heavy goods warehouse in the neighboring industrial park in Elgg in the Swiss canton of Zurich.
Moved into the second heavy goods warehouse in the neighboring industrial park in Elgg in the Swiss canton of Zurich.
2016 Relocation of all of this winery’s tanks and filling plants as well as installation of the tanks vertically and horizontally.
Volg vinery at Winterthur: Relocation of all of this winery’s tanks and filling plants as well as installation of the tanks vertically and horizontally.
2016 Celebrating his 50th birthday: Ruedi Bauberger
Part of the company for 25 years: Ruedi Bauberger celebrated his 50th birthday.

2017

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).

 

To photo album «The History of Bauberger AG»

2018

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.

Barbara (Babi) Bauberger-Bargetzi
After a fulfilled and busy life the company founder, Barbara (Babi) Bauberger-Bargetzi, passed away peacefully at the age of 81.

Photos: BAUBERGER AG / Familie Bauberger / Balz Murer / Rebecca Buchmüller