The Company Friedrich Geldbach Gmbh was founded in 1894 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. At the time the Company was engaged in the manufacturing of forgings for the construction industry, of wheels as well as fittings which were produced for mining and quarrying industries. A rapid development was experienced in the years to follow, concurrent with the process of industrialization of the Ruhr area. The fields for which the use of flanges also extended to included the building, shipbuilding, mechanical engineering (construction machinery and tanks), as well as the first chemical refineries for petroleum refining. During this period, the production was achieved through various types of hammers, and with manual lathes for the mechanical finishing. In 1953 the production was moved from the city centre to the periphery, the present site of Bergmannstrasse 170. The development of the area and the construction of the buildings faithfully reflected the entrepreneurial experience gained in the years.