From a one-man business to a leading specialist

The current WAGO originated from a one-man business in Gorinchem. It all started in 1960 with 21-year-old Henny Walraven, when he started selling tools. He merged Walraven and Gorinchem into: WAGO. It soon became apparent that only the sale of tools was too narrow a basis for continuity. The young Walraven soon expanded his business with the sale of wear parts for cars and trucks, with an emphasis on brake and friction parts.

Expansion and renewal

Two years after the start of the one-man business, increased market demand made it necessary to expand the workforce to three employees. In this way, WAGO could continue to respond quickly and professionally to the needs of the customers.
Six years later (in 1968) the company had grown out of its place. Henny Walraven showed foresight: he took the important step to purchase land in Vuren. A workshop was built there for performing brake overhauls on semi-trailers and trailers. Over the years, the building has been expanded further and further. Thus the capacity was eventually doubled. The number of skilled employees grew to fifteen.
And the company grew even further. In 1978 (ten years after the establishment in Vuren) a new company building was built. The new building provided space for the brake tester, blasting shop, spray booth, cleaning room, engine room and an additional grease pit.
In 1985, WAGO took over the importership for Sheuerle. Thus began WAGO's service provision for towed equipment in the heavy transport sector. In the years that followed, this service was expanded with the Goldhofer, Faymonville and Doll brands.

Full service partner

In 1989 son Oscar Walraven took over from his father. Ultimately, WAGO grows into a full service partner, offering total solutions for towed equipment. A leading specialist in the field of brake overhaul, maintenance, repair and inspections. It also supplies a complete range of wearing parts for trucks, trailers and semi-trailers of various A brands. The third Walraven generation has now also entered WAGO. Since September 2015, Nigel Walraven (son of Oscar) has joined the ranks.

Basis for success

The enthusiasm, vision and core values of father and son Walraven are the basis for the success story that led to today's WAGO. Core values that we hold dear to this day: professionalism, reliability and respect.
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