After a devastating fire at the Westermann plant, production is now back in full swing.
After a devastating fire at the Westermann plant, production is now back in full swing. The Meppen-based company has already rented replacement premises and set up new production lines. Since December, the Emsland plant has once again been producing radial brooms and ride-on implements for farmers, building yards and horse stables around the world. "We are very pleased that we were able to restart so quickly just six weeks after the fire," reports Alfons Westermann. After the initial shock, time was immediately pressing, says the owner, because the order lists were long and the order books bulging. The company also restocked and sorted its warehouse for spare parts and add-on parts at the new location. "We export to more than 50 countries," Westermann explains. "We did a good job of bridging the last few weeks and were able to supply our customers seamlessly through a widespread dealer network, but now we have everything on site again." All parts and machines are available again, he said.
On November 7, a fire had suddenly broken out in a hall at the plant. The cause of the fire has not yet been fully determined. Even the approximately 200 emergency personnel from the fire department and THW were unable to prevent the complete destruction of the approximately 5300 square meter workshop and warehouse.
The company boss is initially relieved and expresses his great thanks not only to his 40 employees, but also to the emergency forces of the fire department, the THW and the DRK, as well as the many suppliers for their quick help and support and the short-term possibility of storing the spare parts in the region. "We can and may look ahead," says Alfons Westermann. Thus, after the EuroTier in December, the next trade fair appearance is already on the agenda. At the end of January, the company from Emsland plans to present its "NonStop Shop" at the Green Week in Berlin. The vending machine for direct marketers developed in Meppen will be represented in the Lower Saxony Hall.