History

1881

The roots of Riko go back to the second half of the 19th century, to 1881, when a workshop for sports, medical and other metal equipment is established in Ribnica, the cradle of Slovenian entrepreneurship. Called JOR, the company becomes the most renowned gymnastic equipment factory not just in Slovenia, but all of Yugoslavia, after increasing its production after the First World War.

1938

In 1938, the company employs over 30 workers and apprentices. Its production includes the following departments:

  • gymnastic equipment (parallel bars, gym equipment …)
  • athletic equipment
  • ski, sled and other winter sports gear production
  • medical appliances (dental chairs, operating tables)
  • agriculture (field ploughs, harrows and other agricultural equipment)

Following the small workshop denationalization act, the factory in nationalized in 1948. Winter sports gear programs are transferred to what is today the Elan factory in Begunje, while most of the other programs are terminated.

1955

In 1955, the company renames itself as Kovinsko podjetje Ribnica, specialized for the production of agricultural equipment. In 1957, the company moves from its old location in Mlaka to its new location in Lepovče.

1969

In 1969, the company renames itself as RIKO (Ribniška kovniska industrija). In cooperation with the Schmidt and Beilchack companies, it begins production of snow ploughs and snow clearing machines, and in cooperation with the Epoke company, it begins production of salt and sand sprayers.

1975

In 1975, the production of hydraulic compressors for iron and other materials begins. Small compressors were intended for paper, barrels and waste, while large compressors were used for compressing garbage, iron and metallic waste.

1980

In 1980, Riko’s production program expands with the production of: agricultural machinery (tractor loaders and attachments), double vibration rollers (in cooperation with the Bomag company), airport equipment and municipal equipment.

1988

In 1988, the production of highly sophisticated flexible systems (industrial robots and production lines) begins.

1993

As of 1993, the current Riko Ribnica is an independent company, focusing on the production of road machinery.

2013

In 2013 we built a new production hall.

2014

Construction of a new office building and updating of hardware (purchase bending machine and CNC laser ).

2015

The construction of additional warehouses and semi-finished products.

 

Summed up from materials from the »Na zdar! Sokolsko društvo Kočevje« exhibition.

Ploughing once upon a time