Management through the ages

Apart from a sense of family and responsibility toward its individual members, it is the long-term alignment with every decision that characterises a family company like Crespel & Deiters. Here we think in terms of generations, and not in the scope of months and years. With all our plans and their realisation, we don’t only think about the here and now but, in particular, also of tomorrow. Because it is always our goal to develop the company further and pass on a successful company to the family’s next generation and its employees. To create something that will survive beyond the present and remain strong across decades. Every generation of managers has contributed personal commitment, expertise and vision to Crespel & Deiters, thereby turning the company into what we are today: One of the leading specialists for wheat-based products in Europe.

1858–1900

Alexander Crespel (* 1790, † 1884)

Founding and managing director from 1858 to1868

Alexander Crespel, son of the well-known Frankfurt Privy Councillor, founded one of the first starch factories in Germany, Crespel & Söhne, in 1858. With his visionary approach, he sets the course for the Crespel & Deiters family company, which has remained successful to this very day. With a humanist influence, he has already created a market-oriented and socially-aligned company by the mid 19th century. What is more, in 1865 he already changes his production from potato starch, which was typical at the time, to wheat starch and, in so doing, he lays the foundation for the development to a leading wheat starch specialist in Europe.

In 1868, following the age-related retirement of his father and company founder, Alexander Crespel, Georg Crespel takes over the company management together with his brother in law, Joseph Deiters. From now on the company is called Crespel & Deiters. Georg Crespel withdraws after two years, and Josef Deiters becomes the sole manager.

Josef Deiters (* 1826, † 1900)

Company management from 1868 to 1900

In 1868, together with his son Georg, the son-in-law of Alexander Crespel becomes the managing director of the young family company in Ibbenbüren. He decidates his complete entrepreneurial energy to Crespel & Deiters and, with the Three Hares, develops the company’s first brand, which has remained the logo of the company to this very day. He guides the company through the founding of the Reich, the Vienna stock exchange crash, volatile flour prices and protective customs fees. He changes the sales strategy to starch production for technical purposes. Deiters becomes a member of the Osnabrück Chamber of Industry and Trade and, following the death of his first wife, the daughter of Alexander Crespel, he lives with his second wife, Luise, and his sons Gustav and Hugo in the Crespel family residence, erected in 1958, and situated close to the starch factory.

1900–1918

Luise Deiters (* 1835, † 1909)

Company management from 1900 to 1909

Following the death of her husband, Josef Deiters, Luise Deiters manages the wheat starch factory in Ibbenbüren, while her sons Hugo and Gustav Deiters are completing their military service and an education as merchants. She expands the factory further, extends the gluing and drying area and invests in a new, higher-performance steam boiler system. When Luise passes away in 1909, her two sons take over the company management for five years. In 1914, following the outbreak of World World I, both of them have to go to the front.

Luise Deiters (* 1880, † 1965) & Maria (Mieke) Deiters (* 1869, † 1929)

the two company management members from 1914 to1918; Luise Deiters wife of Gustav Deiters;Maria Deiters, called Mieke, wife of Hugo Deiters.

At the beginning of the 20th century, women reign at Crespel & Deiters. As Hugo and Gustav are fighting at the front during World War I, Mieke and Luise Deiters work together in looking after business operations during the challenging times. Owing to the War, there is hardly any wheat. The two company managers thus take the decision to change production to livestock replacement food, fat-free cheese and raw materials for putty, paints and glue. This way, they succeed at keeping the company up and running, in addition to supporting their employees and their families.

1918–1957

Hugo Deiters (* 1877, † 1951)

Managing directors from 1909 to 1914/1918–1957

After their mother’s death, Hugo Deiters takes over the company management together with his brother Gustav Deiters. In 1912 he purchases the company’s first truck, thereby allowing more efficient raw materials’ transportation. He soon has to leave for the front. His wife and sister-in-law take over business operations during the War.

Following his return from World War I, together with his brother Gustav, he takes over the management of Crespel & Deiters. Since the political circumstances do not yet allow any resumption of the milling business, Hugo Deiters enters the mining business. With a colliery, which he names after his wife, Mieke, he also supports friends and family in challenging times.

Gustav Deiters (* 1874, † 1959)

Managing directors from 1909 to 1914/1918–1957

Together with his brother Hugo, Gustav Deiters briefly manages the company prior to World War 1. Following his return from the War, together with his brother, he takes over the company management for good. Times are tough, and business is only slowly recovering from the chaos of war. So as to maintain operations, Crespel & Deiters works with the agricultural estate as an interim measure. What is more, a woven goods factory is founded. Because there are no raw materials for production, the two brothers concentrate on trading in clothing fabrics, print products, linen and decorative fabrics. Later, following the World War II, Gustav Deiters is tirelessly dedicated to reconstructing the regional economy and infrastructure around Ibbenbüren. He becomes the President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Muenster and is distinguished with The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1953.

1957–1995

Hugo Carl Deiters (* 1912, † 2003)

Company management from 1948–1974

Hugo Deiters, the son of Hugo Deiters, takes over the management of Crespel & Deiters together with his brother Gustav in 1957, and manages operations until 1987. With Three Hares wheat starch powder, he establishes a successful sales market to bakeries throughout Germany.

Hugo Deiters (* 1931, † 2014)

Company management from 1957-1987

Hugo Deiters, the son of Hugo Deiters, takes over the management of Crespel & Deiters together with his brother Gustav in 1957, and manages operations until 1987. With Three Hares wheat starch powder, he establishes a successful sales market to bakeries throughout Germany.

Gustav Deiters (* 1934)

Company management from 1959 to 1995

Gustav Deiters, the son of Hugo Deiters, takes over the company management with his brother Hugo in 1959 and is responsible for the areas production/technology, purchasing and finances. He contributes significantly to the company’s strategic realignment. Deiters realises the alignment of Crespel & Deiters to the food area with Weizenin and Pudinga, among others. In 1995, he passes on the company management to his son Gustav, who has already been active in the company as a managing partner since 1987.

Horst Lingenhoff (* 1939, † 2014)

Company management from 1973-1984

Horst Lingenhoff, is the first managing director of Crespel & Deiters who does not come from the family itself. Following the withdrawal of Hugo Carl Deiters, he takes over the areas finance, raw material purchase, the northern sales region and the France business.

1987 – today

Gustav Deiters

Company management from 1987 to today

In 1995, as a sole managing director of the wheat starch factory, Gustav Deiters, now in the 5th generation, takes over the management from his father. He expands the non-food, food and extrusion sectors further and, to this very day, he is the managing partner of the entire Crespel & Deiters Group What is more, he continues the tradition of cross-sectoral engagements of the family. Gustav Deiters is the vice president of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in North-Westphalia (IHK), speaker of the industry acceptance offensive, vice president of Starch Europe, chairman of the board and speaker of the wheat starch sector at VDGS (Association of the German Wheat Processors and Starch Producers) as well as a member of the trade association Steinfurt.

Working underneath the management board level, is a well-positioned management level with departmental responsibility and higher-level tasks as well as a competent and dedicated workforce that reports to them. Like the management board, the shareholders of Crespel & Deiters also endeavour to take the optimal decisions for the benefit of their company at all times. Apart from a sense of family and responsibility toward its individual members, it is the long-term alignment with every decision that characterises a family company like Crespel & Deiters. Because it is always our goal to develop the company further and pass on a successful company to the family’s next generation and its employees.

The present shareholders of Crespel & Deiters.

Antje Marten

Ulrich Deiters 

Roswitha Fessler-Ketteler 

Gustav Deiters