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LAUDA celebrates three 40-year anniversaries of service to the company
For the second time this year, LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG was able to host a traditional ceremony. Three employees were honored for 40 years of service at LAUDA. Sonja Hörner-Dürr, Peter Spitznagel and Peter Wiltschek all began their training at LAUDA on August 24, 1981. In addition to the general management and the LAUDA management team, the congratulators included colleagues and companions of the employees as well as the mayor of the city of Lauda-Königshofen, Dr. Lukas Braun.
Sonja Hörner-Dürr, born in Bad Mergentheim in 1964, began her training as an office administrator at LAUDA in 1981. Since then, with brief interruptions in accounting and order processing, she has found her professional home in order processing. Since April 16, 1997, she has been working there as a department manager. From there, she masters the demanding tasks and challenges of customs and foreign trade with precision, knowledge and the necessary bite. Ms. Hörner-Dürr has thus taken on "incredibly important tasks for which I personally have a great deal of respect," explained Dr. Gunther Wobser, President and CEO of LAUDA, in his laudatory speech.
Peter Spitznagel started his career in 1981 with a combined apprenticeship as an electrical appliance mechanic and energy appliance electronics technician, which he successfully completed in 1985. Peter Spitznagel initially found his place at LAUDA in electrical assembly before moving to the electronics laboratory of the Research & Development division in January 1997, where he still works today. There, according to Dr. Gunther Wobser, he was "heavily involved in the creation of new devices" and "had his finger on the pulse of LAUDA's technical development", for example by building sample circuit boards. Peter Spitznagel was also regularly on hand at national and international trade fairs to provide expert support in setting up and commissioning the new temperature control units and systems. This required flexibility and resilience, Dr. Gunther Wobser attested to the jubilarian.
The third person to celebrate, Peter Wiltschek, also began his training in 1981. As a mechanic, he first worked in test construction, later in special equipment construction and in the large refrigeration department, before taking over the assembly of hypothermia equipment in February 2003. Since 2007, Peter Wiltschek has been the group leader for hypothermia equipment assembly, where special temperature control units for use during operations are manufactured for a major medical equipment manufacturer. With a keen eye for quality and a great deal of passion for his work, Peter Wiltschek has been meeting the particularly demanding, strictly regulated requirements of medical device production for years, said Dr. Gunther Wobser. After his speech, Dr. Gunther Wobser presented the three jubilarians with LAUDA's certificate of honor and thanked them for their many years of service.
As a welcome guest of honor and representative of the city, the mayor of Lauda-Königshofen, Dr. Lukas Braun, delivered words of greeting and the honorary certificate from the state of Baden-Württemberg, signed by Minister President Winfried Kretschmann. "The frequency of LAUDA's long-standing honors is impressive," stated Dr. Lukas Braun. The fact that entire family cohorts complete their careers at LAUDA is unique in the region, he said. "LAUDA is an anchor of stability for the business location." A long length of service is also a sign that employees feel very much at home in the region, Dr. Lukas Braun emphasized. Addressing the jubilarians, he said, "You have been a part of the wine town of Lauda-Königshofen for 40 years. As a result, you have helped shape the success of the world market leader."
Companions and colleagues also took the opportunity to congratulate the three employees on their jubilee and to pay tribute to them in personal words. Finally, Elmar Mohr, Chairman of the Works Council, expressed his thanks on behalf of the workforce. In return, the honored Sonja Hörner-Dürr spoke words of thanks in the direction of Dr. Gun-ther Wobser and extended these to his father, the former CEO and President, Dr. Gerhard Wobser. She concluded: "LAUDA is one of the top employers in the region and offers secure employment. That is certainly not something that can be taken for granted."
Celebratory inauguration of the Laudaplatz at the LAUDA headquarters
LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG celebrated the inauguration of the new Laudaplatz (Lauda Square) with a celebratory ceremony in front of the gates of its head office in Lauda-Königshofen. The open-air inauguration ceremony was attended by the company management, partners and the management group, along with important political representatives, namely Mayor Dr. Lukas Braun, Member of the Landestag Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reinhart, and Member of the Bundestag Nina Warken. In total, around 50 guests were present at the ceremony, which was compliant with coronavirus restrictions. From now on, LAUDA can be found at the new address, Laudaplatz 1.
“Our company is 65 years old, and for 65 years, Pfarrstrasse was our home.” With these words, Dr. Gunther Wobser, Managing Director of LAUDA, opened his ceremonial speech for the historic change of company address. Laudaplatz 1 befits both company’s status as a global market leader in temperature control technology and the company’s connection with the region and the town of Lauda-Königshofen. The family company will also remain open to the general public: “We have created a representative, public space that invites cyclists, athletes and passers-by to stay a while.” The new Laudaplatz is a “fine new address for an expanding family company,” declared Dr. Gunther Wobser.
Words of praise from politicians
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reinhart, Member of the Landestag (State Parliament) and Vice President of the Baden-Württemberg Landestag, praised the cosmopolitan and locally connected outlook of the company. At the same time, he spoke highly of the extraordinary contribution of medium-sized companies to the German economy. Member of the Bundestag (Federal Parliament) Nina Warken was also present for the inauguration of Laudaplatz 1. “The new address reflects the deep connection between Lauda-Königshofen and LAUDA,” said Nina Warken in her laudatory speech. “As a world market leader, LAUDA has made an important contribution during the pandemic, both in Germany and internationally,” remarked the politician, looking back on the past year. She praised the varied social commitments of the company and highlighted the lifetime achievements of Dr. Gerhard Wobser, the former Managing Director, who also attended the inauguration as a guest. In reference to the new address, Nina Warken ended her admirable speech with “Nomen est nomen”. For the inauguration, the mayor of Lauda-Königshofen, Dr. Lukas Braun, handed over the official street sign with the new address to Dr. Gunther Wobser. The town is proud of LAUDA, said Dr. Lukas Braun: “Many congratulations on this successful christening.”
Microsoft Hybrid Work Tour as guest at LAUDA
On September 23, the Microsoft Hybrid Work Tour will be presenting at the premises of LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG will present solutions for digital, location-independent and collaborative work. As part of a camper tour through five German cities, including Munich, Kassel and Berlin, Microsoft experts will be organizing workshops and live webinars on the topic of hybrid working between September 20 and 24.
A visible sign of the tour is that the participants will be traveling in converted motorhomes and vehicles. Among other things, webinars will be offered throughout the day, as well as live broadcasting, posting and tweeting from a vintage bus while at LAUDA. »We are delighted to be hosting the Hybrid Work Tour on September 23 at the LAUDA site in my hometown of Lauda-Königshofen«, explains LAUDA President and CEO Dr. Gunther Wobser. »Even before Corona, working with digital tools shaped our everyday lives, so the knowledge of the experts will certainly be of great interest to our employees«, continues Dr. Gunther Wobser.
On their German tour, Microsoft experts will introduce interested parties, followers and users to hybrid, location-independent, digital working in live webinars and on-site workshops. This will also include the live show »Alex & Ragnar«, which is well-known in the scene and will be broadcast live on YouTube that evening - with Dr. Gunther Wobser as a special guest - starting at 9 pm.
»As long-standing partners of Microsoft, we are pleased that the Hybrid Work Tour is making a stop in Tauberfranken outside of the metropolises«, clarifies Dr. Mario Englert, Managing Director at LAUDA and, among other things, responsible for the information technology of the global market leader. »The increased use of digitalization in the context of communication and also cooperation is a major, lasting effect of the Corona pandemic. LAUDA was and is also very well positioned and prepared in this regard.« Digital working methods and communication channels have now become established in the company, Dr. Mario Englert continued. »On September 23, LAUDA presented itself not only as a host for one of the largest software companies in the world, but also as a power user. Because the digita-len workshops and the uncomplicated exchange with experts benefit all LAUDA employees.«
LAUDA expands headquarters with office space
With a symbolic laying of the foundation stone, LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG celebrated the official start of construction for an addition to an existing office building on July 22, 2021. When the office building with production hall was erected and completed in 2008, an extension was already planned, reported Dr. Gunther Wobser, President and CEO of the company, in the presence of guests of honor, cooperation partners, the two other LAUDA Managing Directors Dr. Marc Stricker and Dr. Mario Englert, Production Manager Christoph Baumann, Daniel Eckl, Operations Technology and Services and Sebastian Fell, Marketing LAUDA.
"Especially in these Corona times, the laying of the foundation stone and the start of construction are both a sign of confidence and one for entrepreneurial growth due to an expansive order situation," explained Dr. Gunther Wobser. Therefore, it is very important to create not only additional space for production, but also for office staff. As an ambitious expansion target, the world market leader for temperature control equipment and systems is aiming for a turnover of 250 million euros per year in the next few years. In order to meet the increased space requirements at the company's central headquarters, the existing multi-storey building is being extended by a further floor.
Managing Director Dr. Marc Stricker estimated the building project planned and supervised by architect Klaus Schreiner at around 2,500 m³ of space on a gross area of 430 m². It provides for office space in an "open space concept", including rooms for lounges and technical infrastructures. Completion of the building, with a total investment volume of around 1.1 million euros, and the start of occupancy are scheduled for March 2022, although the start of construction has been delayed somewhat due to the current shortage of building materials. "It was important to us to work with regional partner companies as far as possible," Dr. Marc Stricker emphasized. Accordingly, 50 percent of the contracts have so far been awarded to companies from the region without exception, such as the construction company Faul und Bethäuser GmbH.
"This structural expansion is a further commitment by LAUDA to its main site in Lauda-Königshofen, which is enormously good for the town and its development," emphasized Mayor Dr. Lukas Braun, who was among the small group of guests of honor at the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone at lofty heights, such as architect Klaus Schreiner, the two construction company managing directors Herbert Berthäuser and Norbert Groß, Peter Vogel, Chairman of the Board of the Sparkasse Tauberfanken, and the town's master builder Tobias Blessing. At the same time, he said, it was a renewed sign and mosaic stone for the dynamic entrepreneurship of the Wobser family, which is anchored in the city. "However, it is not just about pure growth, but also about the constant search for new technical innovations and developments," affirmed Dr. Lukas Braun. The mayor went on to attest to the company and its management that they are not "caretakers of the existing", but are constantly thinking ahead in the field of temperature control technology. "I wish the family-owned company LAUDA to continue to advance its culture of innovation so dynamically and successfully," Dr. Lukas Braun summed up.
LAUDA supports cultural institutions with donation
LAUDA DR. R. WOBSER GMBH & CO. KG, the world market leader for tempering equipment and systems, is participating in the fundraising campaign of the Tauberfanken Donors' Association. In doing so, the family-owned company is supporting the regional cultural scene, which in many parts has been put under strain due to the pandemic. At the official handover of donations on July 7, 2021, Heidi Griefenow-Maedel from the FreilichtTHEATER im TEMPELE Niederstetten e.V. 1993 and Monika Schumann from the Kulturverein Bad Mergentheim e.V. were guests at LAUDA's company headquarters. Dr. Gunther Wobser, CEO and President of LAUDA, presented the symbolic checks together with Paul Gehrig from the Tauberfranken public utility company and Thomas Landwehr from Sparkasse Tauberfranken.
»Cultural operators are having a particularly hard time in the pandemic« explained Thomas Landwehr, one of the initiators of the action. That is why the Tauberfranken Donors' Association was founded, which supports non-profit cultural associations together with companies from the region. According to Thomas Landwehr, donations have already been handed over three times. He always hears stories that make people sad. For LAUDA, supporting the campaign was a matter of course: »When I was asked by the Sparkasse for support, I immediately agreed wholeheartedly,« explained Dr. Gunther Wobser, President and CEO of LAUDA, at the check presentation. LAUDA has been closely associated with the cultural scene in the region for decades. Among other things, the company hosts the LAUDA FabrikGalerie bi-monthly - with a current break due to the pandemic - which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
»Wir sind sehr froh, dass wir jemanden haben, der uns unterstützt«, bedankte sich Heidi Griefenow-Maedel bei den Anwesenden. Auch wenn man nicht wisse, wie sich die Pandemie im nächsten Jahr entwickeln werde, wolle man »nicht den Kopf in den Sand stecken«, so die Vorsitzende des Vereins. »Ohne Sie wäre es wirklich nicht möglich«, bestätigt auch Monika Schumann, Spielleiterin im Kulturverein Bad Mergentheim. Dr. Gunther Wobser zeigte sich beeindruckt von den Schilderungen der Spendenempfänger über die immensen Schwierigkeiten während der derzeitigen Gesundheitskrise. »Vielen Dank für Ihre Einsichten«, schloss der Geschäftsführende Gesellschafter von LAUDA.
»We are very happy to have someone who supports us,« said Heidi Griefenow-Maedel, thanking those present. Even if one does not know how the pandemic will develop next year, one does not want to »bury one's head in the sand,« said the chairwoman of the association. »Without you, it really wouldn't be possible,« Monika Schumann, play director at the Bad Mergentheim cultural association, also confirmed. Dr. Gunther Wobser was impressed by the donation recipients' descriptions of the immense difficulties during the current health crisis. »Thank you very much for your insights,« concluded the President and CEO of LAUDA.