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German American Trade Nov/Dec 2013
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G
renzebach is an internationally
operating, family-owned
company focusing on plant engi-
neering, construction and automa-
tion. Initially founded in Germany in
1960 by Rudolph Grenzebach, the
first subsidiary of Grenzebach was
founded in the U.S. in 1988 in
Newnan, Georgia. Since its original
opening, the company has expanded
its manufacturing area to 85,000
square feet. Grenzebach provides
customized equipment based on
cutting-edge technologies designed
to perform highly sophisticated
processing and automation tasks.
The group currently has companies
in Germany, the USA, China,
Belgium, Brazil, Indonesia, Italy,
Russia, and Taiwan and currently
employs 1,600 workers globally.
One of the most notable aspects of
Grenzebach is its community
involvement especially its close-
working relationship with the
regional School System’s Central
Educational Center (CEC).
Martin Pleyer, Vice President of
Operations of Grenzebach, is on the
board of CEC, a charter school.
Grenzebach also donated a KUKA
robot for CEC’s technical center to
train students working with high
tech equipment.
For National Manufacturing Day
Grenzebach hosted a special event
for teachers with the Georgia Tech
Institute of Industry Outreach, CEC
and other local schools to help foster
awareness of the needs of modern
manufacturing and implement real
practical ideas into their curriculum.
Grenzebach also sponsors an
apprenticeship program where the
company provides a six-week
internship for two students to gain
an insight into the various depart-
ments of the company. Afterwards
the students can decide in which
department they will continue their
apprenticeship for a year.
In this year’s statewide STEM (Science
Technology Engineering Math) Educa-
tion Awards, Grenzebach was
nominated in the categories “High
School” and “Industry Outreach” for
their special apprenticeship program
together with the CEC. Grenzebach
also takes pride in their involvement
with the local community, participat-
ing in a variety of activities such as
Earth Day or blood drives.
While Grenzebach is a primarily
German-based company, American
employees also get the same possibil-
ity to live abroad. The various
Grenzebach locations around the
globe have welcomed American
workers— supporting them to
integrate with applying for a visa,
finding accommodations, buying a
car, and other essential tasks to make
their stay more comfortable.
Since the opening of the Newnan
facility in 1988, three of the original
employees are still working at
Grenzebach: spare parts manager
Allan Burkett and installers Johnny
Hosmer and Bruce McGuffey.
Talking to customers on a daily basis
and dealing with different people
from across the globe are some of
the things that Burkett enjoys about
working for Grenzebach. “Being part
of the big Grenzebach group and
building good relationships with
colleagues throughout the years.
That’s one of the things I like most,”
he said.
McGuffey was hired at Grenzebach
as a machinist, but with his expertise
has also worked as an installer.
Original staff members from left Bruce
McGuffey, Johnny Hosmer and Allan
Burkett with Grenzebach’s executive team
Local Involvement within a Global Network
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Grenzebach Celebrates
25 Years in Georgia
by Clay Neely, The Newnan Times Herald
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