1922 - 2007
Lombardini began doing business in 1922, when Adelmo Lombardini – together with partner Pietro Slanzi – produced their first engine. In 1933, together with brothers Alberto and Rainero, Adelmo decided to start his own business and founded a company called, “Officine Meccaniche Fratelli Lombardini”. To do so, he bought an existing mechanics firm and its foundry, which were located outside Reggio Emilia. After the overwhelming difficulties of the Second World War and, during post-war reconstruction, Lombardini was ready to meet the increasing demands of the market with the company's line of engines (both diesel and gasoline), marine engines, and a wide range of tractors and motor-driven pumps.
In 1957, Lombardini began producing the LA line of engines (single-cylinder air-cooled diesel engines), and in 1959 the product line was expanded to include the first tracked agricultural tractor; the Castoro model. The resulting success was so great that the production facilities on the Via Galliano, where the company had been started, became too small. In 1963, the company decided to build a new factory, which is the current facility in Pieve (near Reggio Emilia). At the same time, the company began to take on a true international dimension with the opening of its first foreign branches: France (1964), Spain (1965) and Germany (1967).
In 2007, Lombardini was acquired by Kohler Co.
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