In 1957, Wacker Corporation began its journey into the US construction market with a single product, the company’s signature vibratory rammer. The merger between Wacker Construction Equipment AG and Neuson Kramer Baumaschinen in 2007 (10 years ago) created a new Wacker Neuson brand along with one of the largest equipment portfolios in the world.
The company’s roots date back to 1848 in a blacksmith shop in Dresden, Germany. The opening of the US operation for the family-owned manufacturer was a true milestone. Brothers Peter and Hermann Wacker had the foresight to bring a growing German construction equipment business to the community of Hartford, Wisconsin. The brothers’ hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed by contractors and equipment distributors. The rammer’s reputation as a revolutionary compaction machine quickly skyrocketed and in 1958 a new office, warehouse and production facility was built on Wacker Drive in Hartford, WI.
The company’s growth and light equipment product line continued to expand, resulting in the company’s relocation closer to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1986. Today, the company’s US headquarters in Menomonee Falls and is home to research and development, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, aftermarket services and an extensive training academy. Additional facilities include a manufacturing plant located in Norton Shores, Michigan, which was a result of the 2006 acquisition of Ground Heaters, Inc., and a full logistics and warehouse facility located in Germantown, Wisconsin.
While the company is often known as the “rammer company,” it goes well beyond that single product mentality. Wacker Neuson’s United States operation is responsible for the manufacturing of walk-behind and ride-on rollers, trash pumps, portable and mobile generators, walk-behind and ride-on trowels, light towers, heaters, and most recently skid steers and compact track loaders. These products are among the more than 300 available under the Wacker Neuson brand, which also includes wheel loaders, telehandlers, excavators, dumpers, vibratory plates, internal and external vibrators and saws.
Wacker Neuson is now defined as a leading global manufacturer of high quality light and compact equipment used in construction, landscape, agriculture, utility, residential, municipal and industrial markets. The company’s long tradition of countless innovations has changed the way customers work, build and transport goods all over the world.