The Vestergaard Academy provides “tailored” training to its customers’ operators and service personnel (as well as its own employees). Courses are either held at a customer’s facility or in classrooms at Vestergaard headquarters.
Here are a few highlights of the past 50 years:
- 1962: Godtfred Vestergaard starts “Ingenirfirmaet G. Vestergaard” at his home outside Copenhagen. The company’s original product was aluminum molds for constructing mattresses. Later, the company started making lifts for a university near Copenhagen. Also, the company manufactured a piano lifting device for a music academy, a stage platform for a theater and attractions at the Tivoli Garden.
- 1966: SAS asks Vestergaard to modify existing deicers. As a result, the company received an order to make new deicers. Nicknamed “Beanstalks,” the units consisted of a vertical, telescopic tower with a platform on top. An operator applied fluid to the aircraft using a spray gun. But SAS was soon buying larger American deicers with the advent of wide-body aircraft. The American units, however, suffered from several serious deficiencies, and once more Vestergaard was asked to make a number of modifications on the units.
- 1981: Vestergaard starts building a new type of deicer, the Elephant Alfa, equipped with the now familiar telescopic spray boom. The Elephant MY and Elephant Beta and the Elephant BETA-15 will follow.
- 1996: Godtfred Vestergaard retires as CEO. His son Stefan takes over.
- 1997: Vestergaard Company Inc. (North American operations) established.
- 2002: Company celebrates 40th anniversary and changes name to Vestergaard Company A/S.
- 2009: First Elephant SIGMA introduced.
- 2012: Vestergaard Company Asia established and Elephant Beta NG introduced.
Under the agreement, Aviance member companies can consolidate their GSE purchases and utilize a single, common set of terms and conditions.
The 10 new BETA NG units will be equipped with the new 14-meter boom option.