Sunday, the 1st of February 1948. Still 141 days left until the day of the great change, the currency refom on June 20th. Only health, a home, the daily soup and the work in the factory were counting these days. Nearly every tenth employee was killed during WWII, twenty thousand squaremeters of rubble were in the four factories.
That was the heritage of the third generation of the founder family, when in 1946 the grandson Dipl.Ing. Walter Cordes took over the management, he was supported by Dipl.Ing.Adolf Vogler. Did the sons of the founders the transposition of Menck&Hambrock from normal engineering work to one of the leading construction plants, so now it was the credit of Mr. A.Vogler, to lead the company through the difficult past years.
In 1946 the production of excavators was started again, under the first one was i.e. the quarry excavator model “DN”.
The main model in these days was the LK 46, a light crane, first on tracks and later with crawlers. With this machine the damaged cities were cleaned up, peat for heating was loaded and so on.
In 1948 time had come for the new constructed Menck-Universal-Excavators: stronger diesel-and electrical engines, new undercarriage with wider caterpillar pads, bigger digging radius and bigger dipper capacities. These excavators became the appropiate followers of the famous models “Mo, Ma, Mb, Mc, Md.
New production techniques were used und the production for dozers was pushed ahead. Bulldozer and angledozer attachments were offered, crawler wagons and scrapedozers were being tested on many construction sites.The Menck service and spare part service were improved, it got a own part on the factory area and inspections for the Menck machines were introduced for free.
After 1948 the following models were offered: M 150, C 250, M 152, M 75, M 250, M 60, M 40, M 90 . The special quarry excavator model “DN 2” with 4,5 cbm dipper capacity came in operation in 1961.
The workforce grew up to 2100 (1963).
Because of further developments and modifications the Menck-program looked like this: (i.e. 1965) M 60, M 60 SC/LC, M 90, M 154, M 251, C 251, C 252/3, D 360, DN, DN2, SR 53, Mr 18, MR 27, MR 40, MR 60, MR 100, automatic hammers, vibration hammers, semi-automatic steam hammers, mechanical/hydraulic piling equipment for the universal excavator models M 60, M 90 and M 154.
A cooperation was arrange in April 1966 between Menck&Hambrock and the Koehring Company/ Milwaukee U.S.A. Koehring took over the share majority of 69,52 % from former family members. The intention was to open new markets and to sell hydraulic excavators made by Koehring in Europe. Unfortunately these models were to weak for the requirement of European construction sites and so these models became a disaster for Menck.
In 1968 One Hundert Years Menck&Hambrock!!!
The last member of the family Menck, Mr. Ing. Walter Cordes left the company on the Dez, 31st.
Menck tried to change its fate and got the approval to develop new hydraulic excavators. These models had been well built and strong, but the potential customers had bought their machines already with other companies, like O&K, Demag or Liebher and so on.
With only cable excavators Menck wasn`t longer competitive.
And so the story of Menck&Hambrock ended in 1978.
The follower company, the Menck Gmbh (P.L.C.), is the worldwide leading manufacturer for Offshore-and Onshore hammers.