Paatz Viernau GmbH has developed into a renowned manufacturer without which the mechanical engineering and automotive industries would be hard to imagine.
Today the company is part of the Heller Group based in Nürtingen (Baden-Württemberg), a world-leading manufacturer of advanced machine tools.
As the year turns, the management board changes: Christian Kurtenbach and Klaus Winkler take over the management of Paatz Viernau GmbH.
To secure a firm base and market position for the company, a comprehensive investment and restructuring program is launched.
Paatz Viernau GmbH with its 120 employees is taken over by the Heller Group.
After many ups and downs, the company has to declare bankruptcy.
The company is reformed as Paatz Viernau GmbH, with 560 employees, of which 40 are apprentices.
The company is assigned to the Heckert State Holding and thus socialized for good.
The product portfolio is expanded to include automated elements.
Paatz expands its manufacturing facilities and moves to Viernau where the company is still based today.
With state involvement beginning, the number of employees has risen to 128.
The company staff is 102 strong, seven of which are apprentices.
Reconstruction begins with 17 employees – manufacture of everyday goods, later turning lathes for mechanics and custom machinery with drilling and milling units are added.
War years with 65 employees.
The product portfolio is altered by the introduction of the construction and manufacture of multi-spindle drill heads – termed »THE« means of rationalization of the future.
Hunting guns are added, the number of employees rises to 50.
With 15 employees, sporting pistols are now also being produced.
founded as »Bernhard Paatz Waffenfabrik«, an arms manufacturer, in Zella-Mehlis.