History

1802

In 1802 Monsieur Grégoire founded his own smithy in the county of Maine et Loire in Montigné sur Moine village, France.

1900

At the beginning of the twentieth century a descendant of Monsieur Grégoire began to specialise in the production of agricultural machines. The Grégoire workshop was converted into a warehouse specialising in Farm equipment. It is here that the first single furrow reversible horse drawn plough was built. At this time the company had about 10 employees and produced approximately 30 ploughs.

1959

In 1959, one of Monsieur Grégoire's descendants, Alphonse Besson, took control of the firm and founded the Grégoire Besson Company. Taking the experience of mechanisation acquired during WWII, the Company developed many new agricultural machines and patented them.

1963

A new Grégoire Besson workshop was built to expand the manufacture of ploughs and other agricultural equipment.

1970

The first patents were introduced and the Grégoire Besson factory was extended.

1989

The Grégoire Besson plant had 90 employees, producing mainly ploughs. In time the range increased to include other cultivation equipment, spurred on by the purchase of the Bergueneuse Fenet Company which produced disc implements.

1991

Gregoire Besson U.K was established, the first daughter company.

1993

Mr Patrick Besson was appointed MD of the company, a position he retains to this day.

1999

World record achieved with Case IH and a Grégoire Besson 17 furrow plough.

2000

Grégoire Besson acquired agricultural equipment and machinery company Wiberg.

2001

Grégoire Besson Company acquired the Askel Company, as well as a new factory specialising in Tined equipment.

2002

New World Record achieved with Massey Ferguson and a Grégoire Besson 17 furrow plough.

2005

At the beginning of 2005 Gregoire Besson purchased the company Naud. Later that year Souchu-Pinet and Dehondt were bought, specialising in Discs and front mounted equipment.

2007

New World Record achieved with CAT Challenger and a Grégoire Besson 14m Discs.

2011

2011 was a busy year for Grégoire Besson UK with the acquisition of Rabe and Agriway; the retirement of Managing Director Bill Immink; and the opening of the company's new headquarters in Bourne, Lincolnshire.