Management and around 60 employees from Klosterreichenbach and Wernigerode met on 21 October 2022 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Kallfass plant in Saxony-Anhalt.
In 1992, two years after German reunification, Senior Partner Ernst Kallfass secured the strategic growth of his company by establishing a second plant in Wernigerode. The choice of Wernigerode in Saxony-Anhalt at this time was in part a reflection of the sentiments associated with reunification. East and west would also be united in Kallfass. The early years were extremely difficult, but 30 years later, the plant in Wernigerode is an important mainstay of Kallfass as an enterprise, continually undergoing constructional changes to adapt to new requirements.´
Following repeated expansion of the production area in Wernigerode in the past, the office and administrative building will now be enlarged by 160 m² to accommodate the growing number of staff. Management decided to go the whole hog in the anniversary year and commenced with the necessary building measures. New parking spaces were created in April, as the old car park had to make way for the new office extension. Construction of the actual extension then commenced in June, and 50 % of construction measures were completed in time for the anniversary celebration. Expansion of the production facility in Klosterreichenbach is simultaneously making great strides.
Extension: Office space is being increased by 160 m2 in Wernigerode ...
… and production at the Klosterreichenbach location is being expanded by 600 m².
The celebration to mark the anniversary provided an opportunity to bring employees from both Wernigerode and Klosterreichenbach up to date with regard to construction progress at both sites and inform them of the future direction of corporate goals. It also saw long-tenured employees being honoured for their many years of loyal service.
Enrico Goldhahn, Plant Manager in Wernigerode, presenting certificates of service
Ernst and Volker Kallfass (left) with service anniversary celebrants and Enrico Goldhahn
The considerable distance between the locations means that employees from Wernigerode and Klosterreichenbach seldom have the opportunity to meet personally, with project meetings being generally held online and by telephone. Joint events such as the anniversary celebration offer a welcome change from this. Plant Manager Enrico Goldhahn's team simply brought the Oktoberfest to Saxony-Anhalt to mark the anniversary, and a Bavarian buffet and freshly tapped beer encouraged a convivial exchange between colleagues from both east and west.