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History

J.D. Neuhaus has been shifting loads for more than 270 years.

When Johann Diederich Neuhaus built his first wooden shaft winch in 1745, he presumably had no idea how decisive it would later become for the effortless movement of heavy loads. This masterpiece, however, did allow him to be registered as a “fabricator” in the “Masters' roll of Sprockhoevel manufactories”.

Thus, the foundation stone for the J.D. Neuhaus company was laid. We initially produced winches for the locks and the many horse-drawn barges on the Ruhr river. Later, the winches were used for lifting railway carriages onto the tracks and for loading goods. Use in coal mines in the German Ruhr area became increasingly significant and in around 1880, our winches were already capable of moving loads of up to 7,500 kg. As the quality of the available materials improved, our products became increasingly compact and high-performance.

A historic innovation was made by us in 1952, with the construction of a hoist with a compressed-air driven vane motor. For our principal customers, who were from the underground mining industry, this represented a decisive advance. With the new J.D. Neuhaus air hoists, it was possible to work significantly more effectively, economically and safely. This marked the start of our very own economic miracle.

Still today, seven generations after its foundation, J.D. Neuhaus remains in family hands. The hoist museum at our Witten location demonstrates that history is a living part of our corporate culture. Since the mid-nineties, we have been a member of the “Les Hénokiens”, an association of companies that have been in business for at least 200 years, are still family-owned and managed by the descendents of the original founder. In the case of J.D. Neuhaus, this is Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé. Under his management, the course of the family-owned business was adapted to the changed conditions predominant in global markets.

Family Tree of the "Winch Maker Family" Neuhaus

Since 1745 JDN has been manufacturing lifting equipment, now in the seventh generation. (...more)

Johann Diederich Conrad Neuhaus

(4.9.1726 - 15.11.1809) It was in 1745 that our ancestor, Johann Diederich Neuhaus,was found worthy to be registered as a "Fabrickant" (manufacturer) in the "Sprockhövelschen...(...more)

Heinrich Wilhelm Neuhaus

(14.4.1765 – 2.4.1831) In the same year when the Peace of Tilsit was declared and Westfalia was made a kingdom by Napoleon´s mercy the "Sprockhövelsche Fabrick" came to an end. But it was...(...more)

Johann Diederich II.

(25.9.1813 – 18.12.1883) Under his leadership the business made great progress. During the middle of the19th century manufacturing industries grew rapidly and sales to steel works, railroads and the...(...more)

Louis Neuhaus

(31.10.1848 – 20.2.1905) One year after his father´s death he married Emma Brinkhoff who was going to play an important part in the history. But everything in succession: Under the leadership of...(...more)

Emma Neuhaus

(21.9.1859 – 29.1.1932) At the age of 57 Louis Neuhaus died and his wife Emma who outlived him by 27 years took over the whole responsibility for the family, house and business. Without her...(...more)

Max Neuhaus

(1.1.1900 – 5.2.1984) The next chapter of our story begins exactly one minute after the beginning of the 20th century. At midnight on the 1st of January 1900 a new son was born in the Neuhaus house....(...more)

J. Diederich Neuhaus

(29.1.1925 – 9.7.2010) In 1952 his son J. Diederich Neuhaus entered the company as a young engineer after having gained his initial work experiences in other companies. J. Diederich Neuhaus had the...(...more)

Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé

(19.4.1957) On joining the company in 1986, the task for Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé was that of adapting the family-owned business to the changed conditions predominant in global markets as well as...(...more)

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