Duensing goes back more than 125 years
The firm of Duensing began in the year 1887, when Wilhelm I was Emperor of Germany and Otto von Bismarck managed the affairs of state as Chancellor. In Paris construction work was beginning on the Eiffel Tower, and near Kiel Kaiser Wilhelm I inaugurated work on the North Sea – Baltic Sea Canal.
The first generation: start of the 'bricklaying business'
In the small town of Eilvese, near Neustadt am Rübenberge in the province of Hanover, the skilled mason Friedrich Duensing founded his 'bricklaying business' on 1 April 1887. Within only a few years the company had grown to a considerable size. Numerous houses and farms were created by the hands and trowel of the company's founder, as well as schools and buildings for the Deutsche Reichsbahn railways. In and around Eilvese many buildings which were erected under his supervision can still be seen to the present day.
The second generation: expansion of the core business from 1924 onwards
In 1924 Adolf Duensing took over from his father at the head of the company. To its construction operations he added the business divisions of civil engineering and railway construction work. By the time of his death in 1971 he had built the company into one of the leading construction firms in Lower Saxony. Under his management the company's site and fleet experienced considerable growth, with turnover rising from 124,000 DM in the year 1952 to 4 million DM in 1970 – an increase of over 32 times.
The third generation: achieving new dimensions
On the death of his father in 1971 Friedrich Duensing took over the management of the family company at the age of only 23, transforming it over time into a modern, highly qualified and reliable force in the German construction industry. Building work, civil engineering and rail construction remained the company's core operations, but the new head of the company successfully managed to widen its operations, adding the construction of turnkey residential property, factory buildings and cable laying to its portfolio. On German reunification the company also gained a foothold in the new federal states, with Friedrich Duensing Sr and his son Friedrich Duensing Jr founding KGE Kabel- und Gleisbau GmbH in Erfurt in 1992.
Orders from all over Germany arrived at company HQ in Eilvese, including in 2001 the largest single order the company had ever received: Duensing received a contract from Deutsche Bahn AG to establish an electronic interlocking system in Bavaria covering a distance of 80 km. A team of 35 from Duensing spent an entire year laying the necessary railway tracks and cables.
The fourth generation: tradition meets future
The entry of the fourth generation into the family company set the course for the future: since 2004 Friedrich Duensing Jr has been in charge of the company's operations, together with his father Friedrich Duensing Sr. Together they have expanded the core business operations of building work, civil engineering and rail construction while shaping the firm of Duensing into a company with a lean, highly efficient organisational structure – a guarantee of reliable, fast and bureaucratic decision-making combined with fast and flexible action. Projects throughout Germany as well as in Belgium, Norway and Switzerland are now part of daily operations.