Past, Present, Future
Wolfgang Peter Ludwig broke ground on September 13th, 1977, on the company that now bears his name. He immigrated to the United States just 10 years before in 1967, with his wife Ursel and two young boys. He came driven by big dreams of America at the young age of 21, a German meat apprentice who learned his trade in a small Black Forest town near Baden-Baden, Germany. He used his knowledge and intense interest in meat processing to begin his journey into the unknown US market. After a decade of learning the language while working for processors and suppliers in America, he felt it was time to begin another journey. This journey began with 1-man and a dream of becoming a leading company, able to provide his customers with products and services that were better then they had ever experienced before.
The background and passion of our founder and his sons is, and remains, meat processing. When one has passion for something, it induces excitement, creativity, commitment, and most of all, innovation. Simply put, one is always thinking, how can it be done better? This innovation is evident in the numerous patents, industry awards and customer awards which Wolf-tec has received. Our continued growth and success is based on these important principles and our owners' philosophy. View our recent 25 year supplement as seen in MM&T Magazine.
Wolf Ludwig in 1962 (18) before his journey to America. Founder and Chairman
1977 Wolf-tec is founded
1977 Wolf-tec designs first metal detection system to perform under the adverse conditions of meat plants
1978 Introduction of the industries first whole muscle stuffer
1979 Introduction of the industries first massage blenders
1988 Wolf-tec launches the first jacketed massager concept into the North American market
1993 Wolf-tec is awarded the AMI supplier of the year for innovative equipment
1994 Wolf-tec patents a method to eliminate the necessary holding time of chickens after kill
1995 Wolf-tec begins manufacturing of the revolutionary POLAR MASSAGER in the U.S.A
1996 Introduction of the Schröder in-line injector system for integration into continuous poultry cut-up lines
1999 Wolf-tec reaches it's injector sales goals. 300 injectors sold since 1987
1999 Wolf-tec reaches its POLAR MASSAGER sales goals. 100 POLAR MASSAGER units manufactured since 1995
2002 Launch of the new Schröder IMAX generation of injectors focused on improved clean ability and food safety
2002 Newly developed temperature guidance technology is introduced to the industry on POLAR MASSAGERS
2003 PolarVision platform is developed for real-time shop floor monitoring, data collection and control
2004 Ralf & Peter Ludwig become shareholder in Schröder Maschinenbau KG www.schroeder-maschinen.de
2005 Wolf-tec and Armor Inox create a strategic partnership www.armorinox.com
2005 Wolf-tec reaches total injector sales of 600 since 1987
2005 Launch of new whole muscle stuffing system "Hamax"
2006 New macerator concept is developed and successfully introduced.
2006 Worlds most advanced and fully automated processing lines are realized with POLARVISION linking floor operations with all aspects between front office management, further processing, raw materials & inventory control.
2007 Wolf-tec reaches total injector sales of 750 since 1987 and over 300 POLAR MASSAGERS globally.
2009 Wolf-tec expands product range adding TVI Meat portioning solutions to its portfolio.
2009 Ralf & Peter Ludwig become shareholders TVI Entwicklung & Produktion GmbH of Germany www.tvi-gmbh.de
Ownership: Wolfgang Ludwig, Chairman
Ralf Ludwig, CEO
Peter Ludwig, COO
Sales Market Focus: US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean and U.K.
Competitive Advantage: Our passion, it drives innovation and industry leading solutions.
Manufacturer of: Polar Massager systems
Polar Dissolver Brine Mixing systems
PolarVision Control systems
SCHRÖDER MASCHINENBAU KG, located in Werther, Germany.
Food Processing system and equipment manufacturing company.
WTI, inc. , located in Jefferson, GA, USA. Specialty Company focused on product
development and manufacturing of key ingredient components in the areas of food safety,
marination and processing of meat, poultry and fish products.
TVI Entwicklung & Produktion GmbH , located in Bruckmühl, Germany is a designer and manufacturer
of innovative meat portioning solutions including solution for product crusting, freezing and advanced
product handling technologies.