HERN is pro-export-oriented company with customers which are multinational companies and world leaders in their areas of operation.
Companies as John Deere and Caterpillar have been working with HERN for more than 12 years

About us

About us

The metalworking and machine engineering firm HERN s.r.o. is the largest employer in the Orava region. Since its founding in 1954 the firm has seen a number of changes in its legal form and adaptations of its production programme in the field of machine engineering. Our firm’s core competence is the production of details and weldments for tractors, earth-moving and road construction machines, combine harvesters and agricultural equipment, as well as handling equipment and other machines.

The Company is highly export-oriented, with many of its customers being multinational firms and global leaders in their field. We have been suppliers to both John Deere and Caterpillar for more than 12 years.


HERN s.r.o. in figures

  • Operating in the market since the 1960s
  • Uses production premises of approx. 35 000 m2
  • Each year processes more than
    15 000 t of material
  • Produces more than 2 500 different products
  • Total annual number of product units sold almost 3.3 million


Press & Awards

Press & Awards

Unique solution of HERN s.r.o. named Multigeneration unit has been awarded by EFEKTIA 2017 in the Private sector - Industry category. Device which utilises not only the benefits of cogeneration or trigeneration, but it does even more. Primarily, the device is designed for heat generation. The secondary product in the form of electricity ensures the running of technologies and objects. Fuel is natural gas in this case. Our company has become the first in the world to put such a solution into practice. Today we have a successful year of operation, saving up to 130,000 euros a year.



1954 - 1969

  • 1954 – firm founded as Kovoslužba
  • 1960 – firm transformed to OPP – district industrial plant with production sectors metal, wood, leather, textile, electrical, with the metal sector producing products such as flue doors, racks, shopping baskets, sofa legs, …
  • 1963 – major reconstruction of the firm in connection with the introduction of air-conditioning ventilation pipes for mining plants production
  • 1966 – manufactured the largest air-conditioning ventilator, with a capacity of 1550 m3/min.
  • 1967 – start of construction of a new production hall, beginning of components production for Desta Děčín forklift trucks
  • 1968 – expansion in production of steel structures
  • 1969 – first negotiations with TEES Martin

1970 - 1989

  • 1970 – plant becomes a part of the machine engineering firm ZTS Turčianske strojárne Martin; start of special production – military equipment components
  • 1971 – components production for forestry tractor LKT 75
  • 1972 – start of components production for ZETOR engines
  • 1973 – components production for POCLAIN road construction machines vehicles and LKT 120 forestry tractors
  • 1978 – start of components production for ZETOR URII tractor
  • 1980 – commenced construction of URII pressing and welding shops
  • 1983 – production of components for URII tractors
  • 1984 – cooperation with Ursus tractor manufacturer
  • 1985 – foundation stone laid for construction of URIII production hall
  • 1986 – introduction of enamelling technology, commence production of bases for automatic washing machines
  • 1987 – new project for Mobile Robot Systems
  • 1989 – new phosphating and coating line

1990 - 2009

  • 1990 – set up subsidiary plant ZTS Strojárne Námestovo
  • 1991 – production of protective frames for John Deere tractors
  • 1993 – incorporation of ZTS Strojárne Námestovo as a joint-stock company
  • 1993 – production of first fuel tanks for Caterpillar
  • 1996 – purchase of first laser
  • 1997 – ISO 9000 quality certification
  • 2001 – start up cooperation with firms CLAAS and ATLET
  • 2004 – achieve strategic partner status at CLAAS and ATLET AB
  • 2006 – ISO 9001:2000 certification and DIN 729-2 certification for welding
  • 2007 – ISO 14001:2004 certification for Environmental Management System
  • 2008 – pre-crisis manufacturing boom, record output in technical units
  • 2009 – implementation of new integrated ESO/ES ERP system
  • 2009 – begin production of dashboards for the new division of Claas firm – Claas Tractor

2010 - 2015

  • 2010 – achieve level of key supplier in the Achieving Excellence John Deere assessment
  • 2011 – major alterations to the John Deere and CAT range due to Tier4 design changes
  • 2011 – change of legal form to ZTS Strojárne, s.r.o. (Ltd.)
  • 2011 – Start of New Premises System project, focusing on new infrastructure at the plant, a new paint shop with a cathodic dip coating line and production hall with optimal process stream
  • 2011 – Bronze level certification SQEP (Supplier Quality Excellence Programme) from Caterpillar
  • 2012 – first corporate Black Belt 6Sigma
  • 2012 – record-breaking sales in financial terms for the month and quarter
  • 2014 – starting operation of the new paint shop
  • 2014 – welding robot Cloos in operation
  • 2014 – supplier of the year at Unicarriers


2015 – Rebranding of the company, ZTS Strojárne is HERN

Corporate culture

Corporate culture

HERN s.r.o. is aware that its success depends on the strong foundations of cooperation with partners, customers, suppliers, employees and other stakeholders. Ethics, morality, integrity, respect and honesty are an integral part of firm’s conduct.

These key principles and values of our corporate culture and attitudes to business are set out in the Code of Ethics, which is a binding handbook of conduct for every employee.

Company has implemented internal Code of Ethics.



The company HERN s.r.o. Námestovo has many years’ experience in the field of engineering, machining and surface treatment of metals.

The company has an integrated management system (IMS) created, maintained and improved pursuant to ISO 9001 a ISO 14001.

Top management is fully aware of the responsibility for the quality provided to customers and the environment responsibilities, and therefore undertake to:

  • adhere to production quality for customer satisfaction
  • actively work to minimise the firm’s negative environmental impacts.

Based on this, the company’s management has committed itself to continuous improvement in the effectiveness of the integrated management system with regard to ISO 9001 requirements, customer requirements, ISO 14001 and prevention of environmental pollution through the integrated management system policy:

Quality policy


We shall respond to our customers’ individual requirements and shall work to deepen relationships in partnership.


We guarantee the quality of work performed through our high-quality products.

Our constant goal is to increase the effectiveness of our quality management system.


By regularly assessing processes we create a tool for measuring work efficiency.

The drive to reduce costs is constant.


We value creative and professionally skilled workers. Through motivation to productive and high-quality work we create the conditions for higher economic performance and greater work satisfaction for everyone of us.

Environmental policy

  • Deal with past environmental burdens.
  • Reduce costs by saving energy and natural resources.
  • Improve waste management – its reuse or recycling, recovery and processing.
  • Continuously improve environmental performance indicators and regularly evaluate environmental performance.
  • Train staff in order to raise the level of environmental awareness in all organisational units at the firm and also among suppliers and contractual partners.