30 years Kallfass Wernigerode

30 Jahre KALLFASS Wernigerode EN 30 years of KALLFASS Wernigerode

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.

Extention office Kallfass Wernigerode

Extension: Office space is being increased by 160 m2 in Wernigerode ...

Extention production Kallfass Klosterreichenbach

… 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.

Jubilees Kallfass Wernigerode

Enrico Goldhahn, Plant Manager in Wernigerode, presenting certificates of service

Jubilees Kallfass Wernigerode

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.

Managing Director Ernst Kallfass

Senior Partner Ernst Kallfass during his address

Celebration 30 years Kallfass Wernigerode

Colleagues greatly enjoyed meeting and celebrating

Production hall Kallfass Wernigerode

A view inside the production facility in Wernigerode …

Celebration 30 years Wernigerode

The Bavarian buffet offered something for every taste

Production hall Kallfass Wernigerode

… which was quickly transformed into a party venue.

Karriere und Elternzeit bei Kallfass

Betreuungsmodell Elternteilzeit EN Parental part-time work care model

The early years of a child's development are one of the most significant periods and are an important time in order to build an intensive bond. Part-time parental leave is a great alternative to full-time work. It allows mothers and fathers to be able to strike a balance between family and career. Fewer hours can be worked and working hours can be arranged differently. Contrary to “regular” part-time work, the employee is also entitled to the original contractually agreed upon working hours again after the parental part-time work has expired. Furthermore, there is special protection from termination of employment whilst this part-time parental leave is in place.

The legislator has provided for a total duration of 36 months for parental part-time work. Of these 36 months, at least 12 months must be before the child’s third birthday. The extent and duration of part-time work can be determined individually. Although, there is still an entitlement to parental allowance; however, the remuneration for the part-time work is considered.

Karriere und Elternzeit bei Kallfass

What are the conditions for parental part-time work?

In order for this care model to be effective, the workplace must be suitable for part-time work and the employment relationship must last longer than six months without interruptions. The weekly number of hours is between 15 and 32 hours for part-time workers. The type and extent of part-time work must be synchronized with the management. Early arrangements help to pave the way, especially with regard to avoiding potential problems. Moreover, it is important that part-time work is applied for in writing in a timely manner. The deadlines are 7 weeks if the child is younger than 3 years and 13 weeks if the child is between 3 and 8 years old.

At KALLFASS, this care model has already been implemented several times and even employees in managerial positions have been able to take advantage of parental part-time work. The be-all and end-all is good planning and adherence to the agreements. This will ensure a smooth parental leave.

Source pictures: Kallfass

Kallfass Gebäude Klosterreichenbach und Wernigerode

Kallfass investiert in die Zukunft EN Kallfass invests in the future

Short production routes in Klosterreichenbach and more office space in Wernigerode are the goals of these construction measures.

When the demand for orders increases so dramatically that production reaches its limits in terms of capacity and the electrical department urgently needs more space to accommodate the increase in personnel, the only viable solution is to build and expand the existing production and office premises. Last year, the machine manufacturer Kallfass decided to go all out and invest and build in both locations.

The production area in Klosterreichenbach will be increased by approximately 600 m². An L-shaped extension to the existing production premises facilitates the improved integration of individual production stages in a direct time sequence. Routes are shortened and the entire production facility made more efficient as a result. Building commenced on 10 May. Planned completion is the end of this / start of next year.

Anbau Kallfass Klosterreichenbach

Excavators begin digging out the foundations in Klosterreichenbach.

New offices in Wernigerode

New offices are urgently needed at the plant in Wernigerode, Saxony-Anhalt. The production area was continually increased in recent years, but the offices have not been changed since 1992, even though the workforce has tripled in this period. Enlarging of the administrative premises by around 160m² to a total of 480m² is planned. The first implementation stage will see the creation of new parking spaces, as the extension will be erected on the original car park. Work on this stage has already commenced. Enrico Goldhahn, Plant Manager in Wernigerode, looks forward to completion of this extension by the beginning of 2023.

Both extensions represent an important step in accommodating the growing demand in future.

Anbaufläche Kallfass Klosterreichenbach

Rear view of the Kallfass production facility in Klosterreichenbach with the extension space.

Neue Parkplätze Kallfass Wernigerode

New parking spaces are being created in front of the building in Wernigerode.