Typical for the region of Saxony are its extremely large agricultural enterprises, which can be traced back to the former state-run farming cooperatives. Bernhard Bertelsmeier was quick to recognise the opportunities offered by German reunification and in 1990 founded his first base for dealing in agricultural machinery in Ebersbach, at that time with only one employee in premises rented from the local agricultural cooperative. From the very beginning the agricultural machinery supplier relied on close proximity to its customers, which resulted in the establishment of further branches in the region. Today the company has around 150 employees at eight locations in Saxony and Brandenburg, and is managed in the second generation by the founder’s two sons, Dr. Marcus Bertelsmeier and Ralph Bertelsmeier. The company slogan “At home in every field” is reflected in its product and service portfolio: “The region’s main crops are cereals, maize and rape, in addition to livestock. Our portfolio is correspondingly diverse, ranging from tractors and combine harvesters and a wide variety of attachments to feeding systems and milking machines,” explains managing partner Ralph Bertelsmeier.