SØBY Silo factory is established by carpenter Jens Frantsen, 41 years of age and trained carpenter. Jens has previously run his own furniture factory and production of toys.
SØBY silo factory is situated at the property of Jens Frantsens in Nr. Søby. The silo factory is named after this very city.
The characteristic yellow painted batch drying facilities and storage siloes of wood are manufactured through two decades. In parallel with this production the manufacturing of concrete products is initiated, such as tubes, block stone and tiles.
A new factory is built for concrete production at Viborgvej 306, Højslev. This is still where our premis is located today. Production of wooden silos remains at the property in Nr. Søby.
Jens Frantsen´s son, Frants Frantsen, joins the company at the age of 22. Frants is a trained mechanic and he has helped his father for several years in the company.
SØBY Silo factory exhibits at the Skive animal show. In order to extend the knowledge about SØBY Silo factory, they participated in a lot of animal shows during the 70’es throughout Denmark.
In the beginning of the 80’es the production is changed to iron products. The production of blowers, chain elevators and conveyors. The silos are now being produced in steel instead of wood.
SØBY Silo factory changes its name to SØBY Maskinaktieselskab and at the same time the form of the company changes into limited liability company.
The characteristic blue-painted HSLG low pressure blowers are launched in various sizes.
The export is increasingly important through the 80’es, among others 42 silos are sold to Malaysia. At the same time the export to Sweden, Ireland, Luxemburg and Austria begins. Above you see a full truck with 42 silos on their way to Luxemburg.
Jens Frantsen’s daughter, Birthe Clausen, joins the company as a book keeper at the age of 44. Birthe has until then for several years assisted with the book keeping besides her job as a bank assistant.
The first CNC-controlled machine is procured. This is the start of the high technology development, which has proven to be successful at SØBY Maskinaktieselskab.
Generation change from 1st to 2nd generation. The company is transferred from Jens Frantsen to his children, Birthe og Frants. Frants takes over the position as company director. Shortly after the generation change Jens Frantsen passed away.
Birthe Clausen’s husband, Svend Clausen, has been employed in the company since 1994, and in 1995 the joins as a co-owner of the company at the age of 46. Svend is a qualified mechanical engineer and now in charge of the sales function of SØBY Maskinaktieselskab. Svend has a wide experience from the industry, and since his youth he has assisted in the company during his spare time.
SØBY Maskinaktieselskab goes from selling directly to the end user to selling through dealers – both nationally as well as internationally.
The launching of grain canons and grain augers. Initially in size SS102, and later more models have been added.
The activity in the company increases as well as the number of employees, which in 1998 is 23 persons. A new canteen and bathroom as well a warehouse of almost 1400 square meters is built.
Again there is a shortage of space, and another production hall is built to the existing buildings on Viborgvej 306, Højslev.
Søby Maskinaktieselskab receives Nordea’s business award. Above you can see the management at the award ceremony.
SØBY bucket elevator SK25-50 is launched. The demand for vertical conveying is increasing and as such this new product group is taken into the range. Since then bucket elevators for larger and smaller capacities have been added.
Frants Frantsen’s son, Morten Frantsen, joins the company at the age of 26. Morten is a qualified electrician. He works daily in the production, where he among others helps to streamline the workflows.
A new big production hall of 2200 square meters as well as a new administration building is inaugurated. Totally the company now has more than 8500 square meters under roof.
Frants Frantsen’s daughter, Mette Frantsen, is employed at the company at the age of 29. Mette is trained in international trade and marketing. She is responsible for logistics and administrative tasks.
The introduction of conveyors and bucket elevators with a capacity of 150 t/h. Previously these were only available in the capacity of up to 120 t/h.
On September 30th at the age of 67 Birthe and Svend Clausen steps out of the owners circle and wish to retire after many years of active work in the company. Their shares are bought by the two children of Frants Frantsen, Mette and Morten Frantsen, who today own and run the company together with their father Frants Frantsen. As such they are the 3rd generation of the family business.
The new management start the work with a comprehensive strategy process, which determines the company’s direction and priorities towards 2020. The process is carried through with Vinderstrategi as facilitator, which involves customers, employees and owners. The preparation of the strategy lasts for three months, whereas the implementation itself is an ongoing process until 2020.
The launching of the SØBY Grain Pump Loop with the capacity of 100 t/h, which gains two stars at Agromek 2016. Above you can see the first test machine which is located at Stenalt Agriculture and forestry in Ørsted, Denmark.
SØBY celebrates 40 years anniversary of exhibiting at Agromek. Below you see managing director Frants Frantsen, who has participated at all 40 exhibitions together with SØBY.
Wir eröffnen neue 2400 m², die der Fabrik hinzugefügt wurden, um neue Produkte und mehr Lagerbestände unterzubringen. Unsere Produktionsstätte ist somit 11.000 Quadratmeter groß. Hinzu kommt unsere Testanlage in Højslev.
We are inaugurating a new 2400 sqm which has been added to the factory to accommodate new products and more stock. Our production facility thus totals 11,000 square meters and added to this comes our testing facility in Hojslev.