Aage Valdemar Kjær was born in 1904. He was the son of a small holder and clog maker in rural Denmark. He was first trained as a blacksmith, but later went on to study engineering, whereafter he worked as a marine engineer and as engineer at the Galten Power Station.
In 1941, he established the “AVK Maskinværksted” in Galten, Denmark. Besides running his machine shop and being a fine craftsman, he was a dedicated member of the community and a good athlete.
The shop quickly became part of the local community and was frequently used by both private people, businesses, dairies, brick works and many others.
During the 50’s, Kjær extended his business with design and fabrication of refrigerating systems, but plumbing work also became an increasing part of the business with the installation of central heating in private households. AVK was a successful business and with increasing work, the facilities on Søndergade in Galten were extended with a separate factory building.
In 1961, Kjær’s son, Niels Aage Kjær, joined AVK as a 16-year-old apprentice. Niels Aage later went back to school to study engineering. As fully fledged engineer, he started working at the Technological Institute in Aarhus, while becoming more and more involved in his father’s business.