Anyone who is currently on the road in the Hönnestraße industrial estate in the Küntrop district of Neuenrad can see them: Excavators, bulldozers, construction workers. The reason? KOHLHAGE builds on a grand scale. There are still larger earthworks to be carried out. But the further timetable stands and is ambitious: Construction of the building began in week 37 and the new high-bay warehouse is scheduled for completion in April 2019.
“Why do we build? We are in a good position to have received a major order from the e-mobility sector in the KOHLHAGE Automotive division. At the same time, the KOHLHAGE Fasteners division continues to grow,” say managing directors Marc Schreiber and Sven Lehecka. “The previously available storage, logistics and production space had therefore become considerably too small. Hence enlargement.”
The decision to build a new high-bay warehouse has already had far-reaching consequences for the company. Already months ago, the previous warehouse of KOHLHAGE Fasteners including the employees working there was completely relocated to Werdohl. Now, where KOHLHAGE products used to be stored, a new production area of approx. 1600 m2 is being created. “This is a feat of strength for us. That is why we are proud to have met all the deadlines so far. But that only worked because the entire team went along with it,” said Schreiber and Lehecka. An area of 2,500 m², 8400 pallet spaces, modern packing and packing stations – the 15 employees from the logistics department are already looking forward to returning to completely new workplaces next spring. “Until then, we have to make do with our outsourced logistics,” they say, adding, “But when we’re done, we’ll be even more efficient.”