In 1961, Reinhard Wirtgen started out with a haulage company for road construction materials. Through innovative machine developments, bold ideas and a visionary approach, he built Wirtgen into an internationally renowned construction machinery specialist. What makes this truly notable is that his own experience as a service provider in road construction helped shape a corporate culture that lives and breathes closeness to the customer. Today, the company forms a central pillar of the Wirtgen Group. Each of the product brands with their own unique history – Wirtgen (founded in 1961), Vögele (founded in 1836), Hamm (founded in 1878), Kleemann (founded in 1857) and Benninghoven (founded in 1909) – has made a significant impact on and advanced the application processes in their field. All in all, the Wirtgen Group stands for 660 years of experience in road construction. Five brand headquarters in Germany, international production facilities in Brazil, China and India, numerous sales and service companies and a close-knit dealer network ensure that the group’s premium products and cutting-edge technologies are used in every market worldwide. ‘Close to our customers’ is the value proposition of the entire group of companies today. Since 2017, this engine driving innovation in the industry has been a strong part of the John Deere Group.