AGRO Tooling Systems GmbH is founded. Being situated adjacent to the AGRO facility, this company is able to produce machinery replacement parts quickly and easily. In addition, ATS offers mechanical engineering services to external customers.
With the founding of AGRO Steel Wire GmbH (ASW), a plant for wire manufacturing on the same site, AGRO is able to use self-manufactured wire to a large extent – which allows AGRO to enjoy the advantage of becoming largely self sufficient. AGRO’s export rate has reached 80% of its sales volume. Core markets are Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Southern Europe and Benelux. Little by little, global trading is developing as well.
AGRO acquires Herkules sp. z o.o. in Poland followed by further take-overs of smaller businesses in Germany, which are integrated into the AGRO company. At this time AGRO also becomes an apprenticing company – laying the foundation for the development of skilled employees. As a first step, AGRO is qualifying industrial mechanics (specialisation: maintenance), subsequently this offer is enlarged to include electronic technicians (specialisation: industrial engineering).
AGRO gets into the production of LFK units. At the same time, AGRO attains certification to Quality Standard DIN EN ISO 9001 for the first time. Subsequently, further certifications for product quality and energy management are achieved. There is further expansion within Europe by entering the Scandinavian and the British markets.
1983 – 1986
A. Grothaus Federeinlagen e.K. takes over several smaller businesses. Furthermore, the company gets into the production of pocket innersprings.
The range of products continues to grow: the company starts to produce Bonnell innersprings.
Friedrich Grothaus, founder of the business aged 32 years, starts production of cylindrical innersprings in Barkhausen near Osnabrück. The company was named A. Grothaus Federeinlagen e.K. – after his wife Anneliese.