150 years ago on 2nd April, 1868, the foundation stone was laid at the new production plant in Schwerte. The original company was founded in Menden on the river Hoenne in the year 1745. However, rising production levels led to difficulties in the supply of raw materials and the transport of finished goods to the customers because Menden’s roadways were in poor condition and could only be used by horse-drawn vehicles. Furthermore, the increasing use of steam boilers required a huge amount of charcoal which was not available at competitive prices in Menden. In 1865 the management of “Kissing & Schmöle” (the company name at that time) decided to construct a new site of operations next to the planned railway line from Cologne to Minden, which facilitated the supply of coal and the delivery of finished goods to the customers. The acquisition of the required land started in 1867. On 16th September 1867 the management applied to the Magistrate in Schwerte for permission to build a puddle steel mill. Permission was granted on 6th April 1868. Four days earlier, the foundation stone had been laid and a copy of the charter was bricked into the wall. Production of steel blooms, wire rod and profiles began in December 1868. 1st August 1872 saw the company changed to a joint-stock company named “Eisen-Industrie zu Menden und Schwerte AG”. The company management moved from Menden to Schwerte in 1874, only after the Schwerte site had developed to become the main production site of the company. The closure of the Menden works as a result of the previously mentioned logistics issues followed in 1885. A wire drawing mill was built in Schwerte in 1885 followed by a wire nail production plant in 1888 and a Siemens-Martin steel mill in 1890, all of which were in operation until 1926. At that time the management decided to concentrate on hot rolled and cold drawn special profiles as a result of changing market conditions. Thus the present-day company “Hoesch Schwerter Profile GmbH” has been a supplier of special steel sections for more than 90 years.