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Bizerba employees celebrate their first family day

07-16-2011 11:36 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG

Andreas Wilhelm Kraut, Chair of the Management Board since 1st July, is stepping into his father's footsteps and is the fifth generation to take over the fortunes of the worldwide leading solution provider in many sectors. Just one day later he declares the future of Bizerba as a family company in a moving speech in front of 2,000 Bizerba employees and their guests.

Balingen, 11th July 2011 – Countless visitors were already streaming onto the Balingen head office premises early on Saturday morning. From 10 am the wish of many employees to be able to show their families where they work and what Bizerba can do, was to be fulfilled with the very first Bizerba family day. A wish that was enthusiastically received by management and vigorously supported by the Kraut family.

Many conscientious helpers had been busy at the plant for weeks, ensuring that this premiere will be a huge success, informative, entertaining and varied. And the response was overwhelming. There was soon a lively hustle and bustle on the street with games, lots of interested people took part in a tour of the company and with the family rally both the young and old were able to measure their creativity and logical thinking in a sporting competition.

Bizerba employees used over 25 display and show points in total to tell their loved ones a bit about their work. At the same time they put their sportiness to the test, for example with hay bale rolling or in competitions with professional handball players from HBW Balingen-Weilstetten. They also had to use their grey cells to estimate the number of labels that fit on a 700 kilogram heavy label roll. Who would have known offhand before the family day that it's a whole million.

The first port of call for thirst and hunger was the large marquee. Three bands provided musical entertainment: the Steinlach Stomper’s Dixieland Jazz Band, Rasa and Friends and the Biraböhmische Blasmusik group, all of them with Bizerba employees as band members. The weather also played ball. Good job there were delicious ice creams and refreshing spritzers to cool down. The resounding tenor among visitors: an all-round successful celebration, which they will remember for a long time and that will hopefully take place again soon.

The event's emotional highpoint was in the early afternoon: roughly 2,000 listeners were waiting in the 1,000 square metre marquee with anticipation for Andreas Wilhelm Kraut's speech. And they were not disappointed. At his "baptism of fire" the new Chair of the Management Board immediately proved that he has the skills to step into the shoes of his grandfather, Wilhelm Kraut, and his father, Günter Kraut, men who managed Bizerba with superb skill and great passion.

Andreas Wilhelm Kraut addressed the importance of his family and that of an intact family right at the beginning of his speech: “Every employee needs to know their back is covered to be motivated and work for Bizerba with total commitment. Each one of you is part of our large Bizerba family. The secret of our success lies in this togetherness.” And together we will continue along the path of developing innovative technology solutions as an established international manufacturer, firmly rooted in traditions and values, which have in the meantime proved themselves over 145 years. The visibly moved 37 year old summed up his belief with these words. “My heart beats and aches for Bizerba!”

After his speech and accompanied by his family and countless well-wishers, Andreas Wilhelm Kraut planted a Ginkgo tree at the head office entrance. "Ginkgo symbolises strength and constancy, it can live up to 1,000 years of age and the Japanese and Chinese consider it to be sacred", explained Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael Ungethüm, Chair of the Bizerba Supervisory Board. He and Thomas Bareiß (CDU), Member of the German Bundestag, also took the spade in their hands to place the gift to all Bizerba employees in a prominent place.

There was something really special in the air during these moments, something important was happening, everyone present seemed to be aware of this. Even Andreas Wilhelm Kraut's children shovelled full of enthusiasm. Their proud father commented tongue-in-cheek that the sixth generation was therefore also proving that they can get stuck in.

About Bizerba

Bizerba is a leading, worldwide-operating Solutions-provider offering professional system solutions in scale, label, information and food service technologies, in the retail, food industry, producing and logistic segments. Sector-specific hardware and software, high-performance network-compatible management systems as well as a wide selection of labels, consumables and business services ensure transparent control of integrated business processes and high-level availability of Bizerba-specific performance features.

Worldwide, Bizerba is present in over 120 countries – with 41 shareholdings in 23 countries, as well as 54 country distributors. The company’s headquarters, with a staff of 3,000, is located in Balingen, Germany. Further manufacturing facilities are located in Meßkirch, Bochum, Vienna (Austria), Pfäffikon (Switzerland), Milan (Italy), Shanghai (China), Forest Hill (USA) and San Luis Potosi (Mexico).

For enquiries, please contact:

Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG
Claudia Gross
Director Global Marketing and Communication
Wilhelm-Kraut-Straße 65
D-72336 Balingen
Telephone +49 7433 12-33 00
Fax +49 7433 12-5 33 00
network integrated communication
Patrick Schroeder
Coburger Straße 3
53113 Bonn
Telefon +49 228 620 43 84
Telefax +49 228 620 44 75

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