Franz Aengenheyster EK
Franz Aengenheyster EK is founded by Franz Aengenheyster.
He begins his craftmansship with a warehouse in the center of Geldern Kapellen, next to his parents’ house.
For logistic reasons, Franz Aengenheyster moves his company and establishes a bigger and more modern facility outside Kapellen on Vorsumer Weg.
Over the years the company evolves into a reliable and powerful partner for the German and international leather-industry.
Since 1969 his wife Helenecontributes her services in the company´s administration.
From boyhood on, their son Marc is involved in the hide trading company.
Marc Aengenheyster takes over the management of the company while his father gradually retires from business.
Toni Baltes GmbH & Co KG
Master butcher Toni Baltes senior (deceased April 09, 1994) founds the company Toni Baltes – Hides and Furs.
Operating mainly in the Rhine-region, he collects and buys fresh cattle hides, conserves and prepares them and sells them to the German leather industry.
In the same year he builds a warehouse for conservation and preparation of animal hides and furs (mainly cattle hides) in the commercial area of Wegberg, „In Berg”.
Since 1952 his wife Aenneparticipates actively in the hide trading company.
Their sons Karl Josef und Toni (junior) join the parental business and together they found the Hide Trading Company Toni Baltes GmbH & Co KG.
They establish a branch office in Eisenhüttenstadt, eastern Germany. This represents the cornerstone for entering the eastern European market.