300 Grimma ESA employees on a company outing

Grimma.It almost seems as if the 9-euro ticket is already valid. Grimma’s train station is so busy that passenger André Hennemeier takes over the sound amplification for the passengers without a whispering bag, but with an even louder voice: “Please go back and be careful at the edge of the platform!”

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As the diesel locomotive, popularly known as the “taiga drum”, pulls in with a big cheer, the elderly are reminded of their mostly turbulent departure for the holiday camp. Ronny Thieme sometimes plunders his lunch bag in the crowd, looking for a tag in the sausage. The adventure of the GDR’s government train can begin.

300 employees of ESA Elektroschaltanlagen Grimma GmbH celebrated their 30th anniversary with a company outing. In the historic train from the Deutsche Reichsbahn, pulled by a diesel locomotive, we took Friday morning to Dresden via Borsdorf.

E. Honecker says hello? “No, we do it like the queen: anniversary in winter, party in summer,” laughs Jörg Gaitzsch. Together with his son Ronny and Jörg Reinker, the 65-year-old is one of the three managing directors of Elektroschaltanlagen (ESA). For the company’s 30th birthday, he chartered the special train – not to Pankow, but to Dresden.

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Extra class in the Reichbahn look

The 300 colleagues have seven minutes to storm the coach and Mitropa. Dietmar Straube, a passionate railway worker, arranges the trip. Supported by professionals and clubs, he makes the staff event possible. Top class in Reichsbahn chic. ESA’s proximity to the railways is no coincidence. Whether it is electric spot heating or track lighting – the railways have always been customers of the switchgear from Grimma. But ESA products are also used in clinics and medical practices, at BMW and Tesla. ESA – not to be confused with the European Space Agency of the same name.

To Dresden!  Employees enjoy the Reichsbahn's seating comfort on the special train.

To Dresden! Employees enjoy the Reichsbahn’s seating comfort on the special train.

The Grimma people are constantly aiming high. After the winding up of VEB Elektroschaltgeräte, its engineers Wolfgang Reinker, Godomar Zur, Bernd Fritzsche and Jörg Gaitzsch founded ESA. The four partners started in 1992 in Otterwisch with two employees at the LPG tractor workshop.

Constant upward trend

The move to Prophetenberg in Grimma followed the same year. Since 2002, the company has been based in the new building on Broner Ring. Four workshops have now been built on the site. Another office building has been added. The company is healthy and the order situation is good.

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The atmosphere in the special train was similarly relaxed. Jochen Seyfferth, advisory group leader, describes the ride in the historic carriages as a genuine appreciation of the management to their employees. Caroline Späthe from HR: “I’m just happy.”

This sign was attached to the train.

This sign was attached to the train.

20-year-old Tim Funke had completed his education in the company last year: “I work with purchasing. Of course, at the moment, it is not so easy to procure the necessary components due to disconnected supply chains. But the work is fun. ” He feels comfortable in the team, the colleagues are sweet.

Good work atmosphere

Paula Berger, who is the same age, makes a similar statement. She is training to be an industrial electrician for industrial engineering. “Then I will start a double education course.” The employees receive a subsidy for the gym, which applies to flexible hours, and the prices for catering in the company canteen are subsidizing.

Designer Ralf Kandler also has a card with him this time – as he used to do on trips to the holiday camp: “But I do not think our women know about tax laws.” Alexander Liebhold is Product Development Manager in Leipzig: “On the trip, we finally see our Grimma colleagues in person.”

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Meeting at Grimma station's forecourt.

Meeting at Grimma station’s forecourt.

Husam Idrisi from Libya is an inspector in production. He joined the company six years ago as a mechanic through Arbejdsformidlingen. He sits on the special train to Dresden-Altstadt just like André Hennemeier, who had just given the deafening announcement at the top station.

contacts all over the world

Right in the middle instead of just being there: CEO Jörg Gaitzsch. He talks about his life’s work and the branches throughout Germany. “But our company is also well positioned internationally. We have a subsidiary in Sarajevo, we have agencies in Vietnam, China and Malaysia, Poland, England and Turkey. ”

The journey via Wurzen and Riesa takes three hours and twelve minutes. Five stops will be made along the way. In Dresden, the people of Grimma visit the railway museum. It goes back via Nossen, Döbeln and Großbothen. Arrival is 16.55. Colleagues are driven to Höfgen by bus.

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At the cozy end in Schiffmühle, the boss comes up with a surprise: Jörg Gaitzsch announces his departure. “I will retire on June 1.” So the last activist right from the start leaves the company and leaves the baton to the younger generation: “Of course it’s hard to say goodbye, but the track is set”.

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