Omme celebrates 100 year birthday

24 April 2008

Omme’s Harry Lorentsen (left) with Ib Kristensen, mayor of Ny Billund Kommune in Denmark where

Omme’s Harry Lorentsen (left) with Ib Kristensen, mayor of Ny Billund Kommune in Denmark where

Harry Lorentsen, Omme’s managing director, told Access International it had been a special occasion, with customers and dealers from countries including Finland, Norway, Spain, Slovenia and Germany. Omme’s 100 employees also enjoyed it, not least because the company awarded them a bonus of DKK 1 million (€134000).

Omme is still operating from the same town, Soender Omme, although no longer makes the agricultural equipment that was its main business when founded by Frederik Lorentzen in 1906. His sons Frode Lorentzen and Kristian Lorentzen took over in 1947 and the business is now owned by Torben and Harry Lorentsen, Frederik’s grandsons.

Aerial platform production began in 1980 and the company now makes a wide range of crawler-and trailer-mounted platforms. Its sales have increased by 25% for the past three years and Mr-Lorentsen said he expects similar growth in 2007.

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