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History

 

A Constant in the flow of the Company’s History

Our founder, Forestry District Director Waldemar Grube, was literally a man of the moment. Only a few weeks after the end of World War II he founded Grube’s Forestry Tools on 16th October 1945. After more than 70 years of trading and growth in an ever changing market, success is not something to be taken for granted. If there is a secret to what has been achieved, it goes like this; react to customer demand with great flexibility, offer the best quality, promote innovation and always be able to offer expert advice on forestry matters. The Grube family has always had close links to the land and forest and that continues into the third generation.

1945
Forestry District Director Grube founded Grube’s Forestry Tools
1950
First Catalogue produced; 13 pages of A6 format and 1000 copies
1951
Start of the specialist forestry journal „Die Waldarbeit”, which is still produced by the Euting Press.
1955
Third catalogue produced and this time distributed nationwide. First apprentice taken on.
1959
Grube took a stand at the Forestry and Timber Trade Fair in Freiburg/Breisgau for the first time. Waldemar Grube’s daughter Heidemarie joined the Company.
1960
The start of US imports with Nelson marking paints, Pioneer and Homelite power saws and Lawn Boy mowers. All prove top sellers for decades. Waldemar Grube’s son Heinrich joined the Company.
1965
Grube celebrated its 20th anniversary and opened a new head office.
1970
Grube celebrated its 25th anniversary and turnover reached DM 1 million. The Company took part in the Interforst Trade Fair in Munich and its international reputation grew due to significant foreign aid deliveries to forestry projects in Asia and Africa. New warehouse opened.
1978
Foundation of Grube KG as a limited partnership headed by Waldemar Grube with his son Heinrich and daughter Heidemarie as partners.
1982
Further offices and a second warehouse opened. The Company catalogue was now in A4 format and contained 204 pages. Grube KG became a trustee on Germany’s Board for Woodland and Forestry Technology.
1984
Takeover of a former competitor, Forstkultur GmbH.
1985
On the Company’s 40th anniversary it employed 40 staff and was directed by Heinrich Grube.
1986
Further expansion into exports and international aid deliveries.
1987
The first PC appeared at Grube. Takeover of the traditional Remschied based company, David Dominicus. Fax replaced telex.
1988
Founding of Grube Forst, the first subsidiary in Austria and what was then the European Common Market.
1989
First contacts made in the former DDR (East Germany).
1990
Development of a retail network in eastern Germany (Dominicus Forestry Services).
1991
Founding of the subsidiary company Grube Forest Tools in Eberwalde near Berlin. Third warehouse and more offices built in Hützel.
1993
Founding of a Grube subsidiary company in Poland.
1995
Takeover of Ebermetall GmbH (Ltd) in Eberswald.
1996
Founding of a Grube subsidiary on Slovakia.
1998
The first Nature and Leisure catalogue appeared with 36 pages. Further subsidiaries were founded in Hungary and Denmark.
2000
Takeover of Skogsmateriel Nordforest AB in Sweden and the founding of Handelshuset Skogma.
2001
Founder Waldemar Grube died.
2005
Founding of a Grube subsidiary in Bosnia.
2006
Warehouse capacity enlarged further and the Company employed over 200 staff.
2007
Takeover of Uitookalusto Oy in Finland.
2008
Shop opening and further head office expansion in Hützel. Takeover of Roland Schmid Forestry Equipment in Switzerland and Björnrud & Arnestad AS in Norway. Grube took part in Germany’s Woodland and Forestry Technology Conference with a stand of over 1000 m².
2009
Start of the new Webshop. Grube’s Hunting, Nature and Leisure catalogue appeared for the first time with 272 pages.
2010
At the start of the new decade the Grube Group employed 280 staff.
2012
Grube absorbs Kettner Germany, the oldest German supplier for hunting equipment.
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