Olmes Ognibene was born on 14th March 1923 in Fazzano di Correggio, in the province of Reggio Emilia.
His parents were farmers and he also worked in the fields until November 1942, when he was enlisted in Navy.
On 12th September 1943 he was captured by German soldiers in Pola and deported to Germany, where he was detained as “Italian Military Internee” till May 1945. Freed by the Allies, he finally returned home in September that year.
In 1948 he built his first tractor by himself and in 1953 he founded "Officina Ognibene Olmes".
Since then, Olmes Ognibene dedicated his entire life to his new emerging business: till 1965 he dealt in the conversion of war material and in the development of innovative applications for farming equipments, but then his Company, then simply named “Ognibene” as his surname, has been specialized in hydraulics, becoming one of Europe’s leading companies in its sector.