100th Anniversary

HAKOS precision tools Hakenjos GmbH celebrated its 100th anniversary


It all began a century ago in a kitchen in Schwenningen’s Bergstraße: Andreas Hakenjos (1875-1954) founded the eponymous company in 1910, producing thread cutting tools and gauges. And even today - four generations later - the name " HAKOS " stands for quality tools and metalworking at the highest level. One hundred years a family company - that's a good reason to rejoice, not only for the managing partner Birgit Hakenjos-Boyd.

Villingen-Schwenningen - A wall was torn out of the kitchen, a small workshop set up and what no one could have predicted 100 years ago: the foundation stone was laid for the renowned family firm "HAKOS Präzisionswerkzeuge Hakenjos GmbH". At that time, threading tools and gauges were made by the company founder, Andreas Hakenjos. Until the First World War. In 1928, the Reutestraße factory was built. On the Klippeneck almost ten years later - Easter 1937 - Emma Hakenjos met one of the most famous glider pilots in Germany: the founder’s son Rudolf Hakenjos. He worked as a flight instructor for cargo pilots. The two fell in love, married and had two children.

" My father-in-law came from a very poor background," Emma Hakenjos still remembers well. She was the office "gofer", she reported with a smile. She received her commercial training with the clothing specialists " Bleyle " and with the German Labour Front.

After being dismantled by the occupying powers - unlike its main competitors in the American occupation zone, which remained unscathed - the reconstruction and the takeover of the company by founder’s sons Rudolf, Karl and Arthur followed in 1945. Even today, the 91-year-old lady enthuses: "My husband Rudolf was a master mechanic and a true inventor." From needle threaders, taps and dies, through to can openers, all kinds of products were manufactured from then on. An early advertising slogan was: "Hakenjos can openers open cans big and small." Then the firm grew steadily for 30 years as the old lady gladly reminisces.

In 1962, contract work, internal and external machining of round parts as well as threaded and cylindrical grinding was built up as another company mainstay. Six years later, a branch opened in Öfingen and the sons of Rudolf Hakenjos, Günter and Werner, directed the fortunes of the company. The new and current location in the Eichendorffstraße in Schwenningen, was purchased in 2001, and here the company success story continues. In 2002, there was another successful transfer of generations as Günter Hakenjos's daughter, Birgit Hakenjos-Boyd, had then managed the company together.

Today, more than 50 highly motivated employees work at the company, which manufaqctures in an area of about 2,000 square meters in the Dickenhardt industrial zone and is the only specialist in the region carrying out all operational phases in-house. There are employees who have been loyal to the company for 45 years. The product range is sold nationwide and whether precision tools, precision grinding parts or contract work - the ambition now, as then, is to deliver only the best quality work to the most demanding industrial standard. And what does the family elder, Emma Hakenjos, say at the 100th anniversary? "I am happy simply that the company is alive and thriving!"