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100-year existence location Unna

Unna Celebrates its Centenary – a Review

The great day dawned on 10 July 2011, as the gates of the Ergste Westig steelworks opened for 1,728 past and present colleagues, together with their nearest and dearest, who had come from the various sites throughout Germany. And even the weather was in cooperative mood.

There was a varied program of activities and the whole celebration went like clockwork. Visitors were greatly impressed by the fabulous lighting in the hardening bay and fascinated by the video show featuring photos from the early days of the plant through to the present day. Colleagues manned their machines and obligingly answered all the questions put to them, giving a real insight into their day-to-day work. The youngsters had fun with the Carrera race track, some of them displaying considerable skill, and at the end of the competition, the fastest proudly accepted their coveted trophies. While the little ones were tumbling around and climbing on the pirate ship, the slightly older children were trying out a bit of bungee jumping. Some roamed around the site wearing Zapp hats and with their faces painted in bright colors. The day was rounded off with a roast ox barbecue at which various other culinary delights were served up.

A raffle was held in aid of the Caritas homeless charity, and the proceeds were rounded up by the Lions Club of Düsseldorf Rhenania and the Zapp Group to a magnificent €10,000, thus ensuring that this fund-raising event was a huge success.

Some members of the Zapp family also attended the ceremony and were intrigued to see the latest innovations at Unna. Likewise, there were numerous VIP guests present: Mayor of Unna, Werner Kolter; Technical Director of the city of Unna, Ralf Kampmann; Horst Delkus of the local Economic Development Agency; Director of Employers Federation in Iserlohn, Werner Sülberg; Regional MP for Unna, Makiolla Michael; Michael Lux from IG Metall; and Deputy Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce in Dortmund, Claus-Dieter Weibert (to name just a few).

So in summary, the 100th anniversary was a great occasion, and a good time was had by all!

Michaela Heinrich (MK)