On June 20, 2022, Helmut Höpken reached a proud milestone in his career: 50 years at Dynapac in Wardenburg. It all began in 1972 with an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. At that time, the company was still called Maschinenfabrik Hoes KG, which was later renamed Dynapac in 1974. The Wardenburg plant was founded in 1949 as Hoes KG and has built pavers since 1959
Höpken was just 15 years old at the time. After his training, he worked for several years in the production of drainage machines that were a part of the product portfolio at that time. He still remembers the complicated cable harnesses for the machines that were made in-house to fit individual measurements. Today, such parts are delivered ready-made. He also remembers the production halls being very cold and dark. Things have come a long way since then!
He later worked in various sectors such as in the warehouse, as well as in metalworking. Later, he received a position working on a stationary drilling machine. For Höpken, the introduction of CNC machines in 1992 was particularly exciting, when he was commissioned to operate a two-spindle CNC lathe. Höpken's tech-savvy and calculation skills made him an enthusiastic ambassador of the new technology. Even after it was outsourced to the Lingen site, he continued to act as a trainer for the CNC workers there for months.
Since then, Höpken has been a vital part of the screed department, in the assembly of the drives or the mounting of gauge plates for road pavers. This well-liked and greatly appreciated colleague will finally begin to enjoy his much-deserved retirement on 01.09.2022. Then, the father of four can devote more of his time to his family and managing of his house and farm.
We at Dynapac are honored to have worked with Helmut Höpken for so many years and thank him for his unending enthusiasm and loyalty. We all wish him the best for the new chapter ahead. Dynapac is a leading supplier of high-tech earth and asphalt rollers, road pavers and light compaction technology. We are committed to strengthening customer performance by being your partner on the road. Dynapac is represented worldwide with its own regional sales and service branches and has an extensive dealer network. The head office is in Wardenburg, Germany with production facilities in Europe, South America and Asia. Dynapac is part of the FAYAT Group.