100 years Metzger & Mendle

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tradition & innovation

1922

Founding of the horn goods factory Metzger & Mendle on November 1st, 1922, with headquarters in Fischach. (The Metzger & Mendle families had already merged in 1890)

Production of horn combs, salad servers and egg spoons made of synthetic resin, later expanded to include salt and pepper shakers and Plexiglas buttons.

1933

After the company had grown in defiance of the global economic crisis, the decisive turning point came in 1933. Due to a decision, consumer goods could no longer be bought from companies with Jewish owners.

1938

Emigration wave of Jews in Fischach, Moritz Mendle emigrated to England.

1941

The plastics processing company Max Rees, which produces household items from acrylic, became the new owner of the Mendle comb factory.

1946

Repatriation of property as part of reparations to Moritz Mendle.

1951

In the application for a official promotion to a market town in Fischach, a plastic- and household goods factory is mentioned as particularly worth mentioning, which exports its products to all countries in the world.

1952

For the official promotion to a market town, the company Metzger & Mendle provides 1525 plaques with the embossed coat of arms of the municipality, free of charge. The emigrated Moritz Mendle congratulates by telegram from England.

1955

Injection molding of household items. Gentian and edelweiss motifs are painted on by hand by 5 employees.

1970

Takeover by the company Hörauf & Kohler.

1972

Heiner Kohler becomes managing director.

1975

Additional production of office items in 3-shift operation with 5 injection molding machines.

1976

The 1 millionth desk-boy is sold.

1980

Due to strong expansion, the company moves to the new building in the industrial district, which now has 9 injection molding machines, printing and packaging machines as well as toolmaking.

1995

Implementation of an in-house network.

The nature series is certified with the Blue Angel for the first time.

1997

New construction of the high shelf warehouse, as the previous capacities were no longer sufficient.

2009

Takeover of the “Plastic office supplies” production program from Voss + Sohn GmbH.

2011

Start of production for the “La Prima” series, which is certified with the Blue Angel.

Expansion of the range to include numerous items such as filing cabinets, magazine files, note boxes by taking over 30 injection molding tools from Westo GmbH & Co. Kunststofftechnik.

2017

Introduction of the “La Natura” series, which colorfully expands the range of sustainable articles.

2020

All our papers are FSC®-certified as part of our sustainability strategy.

2022

Doubling of the colors offered in the sustainable range certified with the Blue Angel.

Production of office and school items on 17 injection molding machines between 50 and 650 tons. There is also a modern high shelf warehouse and an in-house packaging department on approx. 15,000 m².

The group of companies with foreign subsidaries currently employs around 600 people and achieves a total turnover of around 60 million euros.