The long-standing partnership between seal manufacturer Wallstabe & Schneider and the Eustachius Kugler Workshop of the Brothers of Mercy in Straubing has been further intensified. Since mid-April, Wallstabe & Schneider has set up a workshop for its partner on the company premises.
The workshop employees of the Brothers of Mercy are people with physical or mental disabilities, but who are able to perform simpler manual tasks. Around 350 different seals are processed for Wallstabe & Schneider. This includes packaging and labeling, assembling composite parts and applying color dot markings.
Previously, this work was carried out in the workshop in Straubing. Due to the Corona pandemic, the workplace layout had to be reorganized to ensure sufficient distance between employees to protect them from possible infection. Premises in a residential building in Bogen served as a temporary solution, but even here there were no optimal space conditions.
When Wallstabe & Schneider learned of the situation, they offered the Brothers of Mercy an empty production hall in Niederwinkling as a new, additional workplace. Managing partner Jürgen Wallstabe emphasizes that this solution has advantages for both sides: “We provide the premises and in return save ourselves the daily transport of our seals to and from Straubing, which helps everyone.”
In the rooms of the automotive supplier, the 14 employees can place their work tables at a sufficient distance. Extra rest and break rooms have been set up and a separate wheelchair-accessible entrance has also been created. “Our employees are very proud to be able to work under the roof of such a well-known company as Wallstabe & Schneider,” reports Group Manager Reinhard Kiefl. Workshop employee Patrick Weigert affirms that this is a “cool place to work.” Department head Reinhard Fuchs also emphasizes that this is a good step towards inclusion in practice. (ew)