The loading wagon is her favourite. It makes her stand taller than the tractors and forage harvesting machinery. Nadine spends long working days on 'her' hookup during the hot weeks of grassland harvest. She takes care of it and cherishes it as if it were her own. Then, at the end of the 2010 maize harvest comes the day that changes her life. Her boss tells her that a colleague will drive her hookup and she should get on with another job.
As if in a trance, she packs her bag, goes home and searches the internet. On one of the used-machine portals, the dynamic Nadine finds what she is looking for: she discovers a black Dieselross. The supplier wants €78,000 for an 820 Vario. She finances her first Dieselross half with the money she has saved since the age of eight, and the other half with a loan. It's her first step towards having her own contracting company, which she starts up a year later, in 2011. In her start-up year, she repeatedly carries out small orders under her own steam, but it's not quite enough for self-employment. At the same time, she's on a contractor's books.
In the meantime, Nadine is developing on a personal level. Her values are well received by customers: reliability, punctuality and a 100% work ethic. Word gets around and the jobs come in steadily, increasing in scope, so that after just one year she becomes her own boss and expands her business. Today, she can carry out orders with a respectable fleet of vehicles, four permanent members of staff and three seasonal workers. The stable now has five tractors and a rental tractor – all from Marktoberdorf. From the Fendt 724 Vario to the Fendt 939 Vario, from Nature Green to Fir Green to RAL 9005 – the "Black Beauties" – hardly any of them older than 3 years. It's her weak point, she openly admits: "I love new machines. I can sell my used machines for a good price and, ideally, not have any downtime for repairs during the harvest time." Her contracting business has worked with almost every series for varying periods.