Village blacksmiths started many of the big-name companies in the farm machinery industry, but the family who founded Fendt buck that trend. Sylvester Fendt began his clock-making business in the German town Marktoberdorf, about 60 miles south-west of Munich, in 1635. Alongside its main activity, the business made other metal products, including locks, and production continued for almost 300 years. The big change came in the 1920s, when making and repairing farm machinery became an expanding part of the business. […]

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