New chapter in a story of success

The extension to the company buildings of IGZ Automation GmbH in the industrial park has been completed. As a result, the company almost doubled its office and production areas. 50 additional jobs were created by the measure. The official opening ceremony took place on Friday.

The ambitious project could be completed within six months. The business is now provided with an additional area of 450 square metres for offices as well as 250 square metres for production. The new offices are fitted out with the best equipment: The workplaces have electric height-adjustable writing desks, and value was placed on providing the most modern office infrastructure, such as with a network, electric cabling and PC-based telephony about seven kilometres long. The rooms are air-conditioned with a gas heating boiler.

Further expansion possible

The company moreover has the option of increasing the office spaces with an additional floor if required. A future extension of the building which was constructed in a highly thermal insulated wooden framework design has been considered.

The company Walberer Steuerungstechnik GmbH, founded in 1994, moved to the industrial estate four years ago. In the same year, the “IGZ Ingenieurgesellschaft für logistische Informations-systeme mbH” from Falkenberg bought a majority share in the company. Since then, the Erbendorf site has been integrated into the company as "IGZ Automation GmbH".

Capacities too tight

Due to the positive development of the company and the new workplaces, the building’s capacities were no longer sufficient. This is why the company management decided on the extension. The cut of the spade was made for this in July and in January 2015 the employees could move into the building.

Cutting edge milestone

“I am proud to have a company in the district which is expanding and is for the third time one of the companies distinguished in Bavaria’s ‘Best 50’." It was with these words that the head of the district authority Wolfgang Lippert congratulated IGZ Automation at the opening of the extension in the industrial park.

No statements were made about the investment volume in the celebrations on Friday afternoon. There was talk of one million euros when the spade cut into the ground last year.

Managing Director Johann Zrenner from parent company IGZ Logistik + IT from Falkenberg greeted representatives of the leading construction companies as well as numerous business associates alongside numerous employees. “This extension is a milestone in the history of IGZ”, said Zrenner.

Seven kilometres of cables

After the first planning stages, the cut of the spade was made in July last year. The extension was built within half a year. “An additional 450 square metres for offices and 250 square metres for production were created.” Zrenner points out that, among other things, the most modern infrastructure was set up in the office premises." About seven kilometres of network and electric cabling as well as PC-based telephony were installed. In total, 50 new jobs were created with the extension of the Erbendorf site.

“When planning, possible opportunities for expansion were also considered”, says Zrenner. Another level could be added to the office building, among other things. He thanked the construction companies, above all the general contractor Riedl Holzbau from Waldthurn. Mayor Donko deserved praise for working flat out on all issues of property. “At IGZ nothing is left to chance; everything is perfect”, states head of the district authority Lippert, referring to both the extension as well as the facilities of the marquee. The company carries the district’s name to the world. “IGZ is one step ahead when offering software and trade from the same source.”

Church blessing

Priest Martin Besold and his Evangelical spiritual colleague Hartmut Klausfelder from Neustadt bless the building. Mayor Donko looks back at the history of the “Schleifmühl” industrial park and finds that about 60 businesses with about 500 jobs have established themselves there since it was built. The Mayor described the expansion of the IGZ Automation company building as a “lighthouse project for the town.” This became possible thanks to the good infrastructure and well-trained employees. He described the building itself as “aesthetically pleasing”.

“This makes construction fun”, summed up Managing Director Christian Mattes. He gave particular thanks to all employees who contributed, and especially the former Managing Director Helmut Prucker. “With the investment we have shown that the site is the right one.” The opening ceremony was framed musically by the Erbendorf town orchestra.

(published on 22 June 2015; Der Neue Tag, local publication in Tirschenreuth)

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