24 new silos for the Weyermann® barley storage in Leesau
Weyermann® invests in Leesau and the farmers in the area are grateful for an easier way of unloading their grains.
Leesau: Weyermann® is investing 3 Million EUR for the Barley storage. “The area around Leesau is a major growing area for malting barley. Weyermann® already started in 2004 to receive the grains from their farmers on the spot. This was quite a successful step but now the available 15 000 tons storage capacity is not enough anymore and we have to invest to expand it to 30 000 tons.”, explains Thomas Kraus-Weyermann, Weyermann® management. Around 80% of the grains are malting barley, the rest is wheat, spelt and rye as well as some organic grains.
Short distances for the farmers.
With this project the raw material supply will be enhanced and the company is helping the farmers to an easier and faster way of delivering their grains. Weyermann® is not the typical mass production company, it rather specializes in the production of specialty malts: Malt for brewing, roasted malt and caramelized malt. Many clients are also located around Leesau.
Karl-Heinz Bottler, the architect, talks about the eight free-standing silos, each holding 2000 tons plus additional 16 smaller silos each holding 450 tons. They will be all lined up in one row and will be fed by the already existing receiving machinery. The project will be divided into two phases of construction.
During the ground breaking a box was buried: Sabine Weyermann put a book of the company’s history in; the mayor, Dieter Hofmann had brought the chronic of Thurnau; some grains were placed in the box by Hans Lauterbach and the neighbor, Helmut Mittelberger, contributed an issue of the daily newspaper “Bayerische Rundschau”.
Farmer, Frank Prüfer, from Leesau is happy that the unloading on the spot will be also guaranteed in the future. He is thankful about the short distances for him as well as the possibility to unload late in the evening as well as on weekends.
Reinhold Ross from Fesselsdorf in the area of Lichtenfels is a hobby farmer and a passionate farmer for malting barley. But he is also questioning the investment and hoping that it will not influence the prices.
Source: Bayerische Rundschau
Text and photos: Hans Fürst
Below find a list of the people who were attending the ground breaking, their gift for the box and their statements:
Sabine Weyermann, management Weyermann® - Weyermann® history book
Thomas Kraus-Weyermann, management Weyermann® – Bill of sale extension Leesau
Irmtraut Flämig, shareholder – invitation and list of attendees – “as a shareholder I wish all the best for the investment”
Dr. Michael Flämig, management Weyermann® 5th generation – Weyermann® flag – “I am putting a flag into the box, may our Weyermann® flags always fly on these grounds in Leesau.”
Dietmar Hofmann, mayor of Markt Thurnau – chronic of Thurnau – “As the mayor of Thurnau I am happy to hear about the investments in Leesau. I am wishing Weyermann® constantly filled silos, but if there are some grains left for Thurnau, we wouldn´t decline them!”
Karl-Heinz Bottler, architect – construction plan new buidling
Jürgen Buhrmann, operations manager – list of all companies involved in the project – “Dear celebrants, as the responsible project manager I am especially proud that we managed to work together with local companies only. Besides the company Schmid – we didn´t pay attention and missed that they are from Baden-Württemberg. But we are convinced we have choosen the best quality for the silo construction. We are looking forward to a further successful cooperation. I am putting down a list of all the companies involved in our project.”
Mr. Ulrich, construction manager, building contract
Wolfgang Schmid, Schmid GmbH silo construction – copy of building contract
Hans-Peter Konrad, Schmidt-Seeger GmbH – copy of building contract
Klaus Bayer, electrical engineering - electric diagram – “I am Klaus Bayer and since 25 years I am responsible for the electrical engineering at Weyermann®. I am looking forward to work together with the local company Gerlitz from Bayreuth. I am contributing a layout of the cable lines as well as a list of the engines and detectors.”
Aishagul Schleicher, raw material buyer Weyermann® - list of farmers – “I am Aishagul Schleicher and I am responsible for the buying of grains. I am happy to work close together with our farmers right from the beginning and I am thankful for their trust in me as a person as well as Weyermann®. My best wishes go to the family Weyermann for this investment.”
Helmut Mittelberger, Mittelberger company and neighbor – daily newspaper of Leesau – “I am putting a newspaper with today’s date into the box showing what´s actually happening around the area. I would like to point out, that the mutuality with Weyermann® is something special to me.”
Werner Lindner, warehouseman Leesau – clay fragment – “As a local tradition I brought a clay fragment from a local pottery.”
Hans Wachtel, Weyermann® grain receivings Leesau – grain sample E2011 – “I am putting a grain sample into the box, which was harvested yesterday and which we received here in Leesau today!”
Lothar Frohberg, tax consultant – Weyermann® balance sheet – “We wish Weyermann® all the best for now and for the future, success and growth with an economically justifiable business risk.”
Peter Steigner, Deutsche Bank AG – coins – “I am Peter Steigner and I am responsible for the support and the financing of medium-sized companies in the region of Upper Franconia. I am especially proud that we are part of the further successful growth of the Weyermann® company in our region. With this little bag of coins I am symbolically adding a solid financing to a good basic structure of this building.”
Lothar Knöchel, head of accounting Weyermann® - List of all current employees – “As the head of the accounting I am proud to be with the company already for so many years. I am putting a list of all our current employees into the box and send my best wishes to the family of Weyermann and Flämig and may they always have success.”
Werner Hornung, head of distribution Weyermann® - malt display –“As head of the distribution and as a Weyermann® employee for 28 years I am very happy about the expansion of our storage capacity in Leesau. I am putting a malt display with a variety of malts into the box, produced from the best grains from our farmers around Leesau. All the best for this construction and to all our trucks safe trips without accidents in and out of Leesau, specially up and down the steep mountain of Leesau.”
Josef Gimmer, head of maltsters Weyermann® - malt bag with the imprint “Schaufelfest Weyermann® Leesau 28.07.11”
Stefan Hönig, brewmaster of the Weyermann® brewery – sample of Weyermann® Sinamar