Sterling, Kansas – KMW Ltd. (KMW) announces the appointment of Wayne Buchberger as managing director effective May 2020. Buchberger succeeds Michael H. Bender who served as president and primary owner of the company for many years and who will be entering retirement after a long and successful tenure with the company. Bender will continue to be an owner and member of the board of directors of KMW. Under Bender’s leadership the company grew from a small single location company in central Kansas to become a global producer of products for both major OEM companies as well as through a network of dealers and distributors.
"Wayne is a well-seasoned and proven executive with a strong background in both the tractor and implements equipment manufacturing sectors. His extensive industry relationships and leadership approach make him an ideal choice," said Bender. "We are grateful to have Wayne join the team, we feel his is the right person to lead KMW at this important time. We look forward to working with Wayne as he brings a proven track record of innovation and a global growth mindset and perspective to the business. We feel this will help us to continue the growth we have been experiencing well into the future."
KMW, one of North America’s leading front end loader as well as backhoe manufacturers, and Wilhelm STOLL Maschinenfabrik GmbH (STOLL) based in Germany, began working together in 2015. This alliance has made the combination an undeniable global player. Together they have both continued to grow their business now with broader manufacturing and distribution capabilities around the world. The combined companies have three manufacturing facilities in Kansas, as well as three manufacturing locations in Europe. Together they employ over 600 people, and produce tens of thousands of whole goods units for customers every year, and that number continues to grow.