Overal by Bücking, 1970s

Alsfeld gives full fabric!Bücking in Alsfeld

It was only a small trading company that the Alsfeld merchant Hans Jakob Bücking founded in 1734. Six generations later, it had developed into a major manufacturer of workwear and leisurewear.

But back to the beginning: At trade fairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig, the founder acquired fabrics and haberdashery, which he successfully resold in the Alsfeld area. Three generations later, Heinrich Bücking VII ventured into in-house production in 1858. Under the name of Georg Dietrich Bücking, a linen factory was established.

With the establishment of a mechanical production of work clothes in 1904, the connection to the industrialization progressing everywhere was achieved. Georg Dietrich Bücking VIII – the 5th generation – received numerous awards for this pioneering achievement. New factory and administration buildings in 1911/12 testified to the company’s success. Several branch plants were established in the 1920s and 1930s.

The 2nd World War interrupted this upward development. Parts of the plant had to work “for outside production within the framework of the armaments industry”. From the 1950s onwards, things were looking up again. In 1959, the largest company in the former Altkreis Alsfeld was able to celebrate its 225th anniversary.

But the German textile crisis also left its mark on Alsfeld. In 1983, the traditional company filed for bankruptcy. NH