10 Aug Maxim Schein takes over Hocke CNC Metallbearbeitung GmbH
Future of the company is secured
Maxim Schein takes over Hocke CNC Metallbearbeitung GmbH
The middle class forms the backbone of the German economy, but many entrepreneurs are worried about the future. They have difficulties to find a suitable successor when retirement is approaching. Without a new boss, they are threatened with closure of the company and with it the loss of jobs. Hocke CNC metalworking GmbH, based in Eydelstedt, is spared this fate.
Eydelstedt – company founder Ruediger hock succeeded in finding a buyer for his life’s work. Maxim Schein took over all company shares and also the associated real estate in Hülsmeyer Park on August 1. Thus the continuation of the company and its employees is secured. “All 35 employees will keep their jobs”, the contractual partners assure. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The company has been in existence since 1987, when its headquarters were still located on Barver Straße in Wagenfeld. When the signs pointed to expansion, the move to the Hülsmeyer Park in Eydelstedt was the obvious choice. In 2007, graduate engineer Hocke acquired a plot of land of about 10,000 square meters. The real estate from barracks times was converted for office and production purposes. To secure the future of the company, the now 62-year-old Wagenfelder took up the services of the consulting firm “JB Business Consulting” from Münster in
claim. This step should pay off: “I am pleased that the management consultancy has found an experienced partner in Maxim Schein, with whom we were able to develop an orderly succession plan. I am convinced that the company will be able to take another big step forward,” says Hocke. His successor had already been looking for a suitable company in Germany for some time in order to take the step into self-employment. Now the man from Pforzheim has found it in the north of the republic. “This is exactly what I was looking for,” explains the 42-year-old with a view to his new workplace. The family man still has to get used to the rural environment, but the economic conditions are awakening his entrepreneurial spirit. “The company has attractive growth potential in a stable and crisis-proof industry as a manufacturer of high-precision construction parts for mechanical engineering and automation technology,” explains Schein. In order to profit from these promising conditions in an even more targeted manner, product development and application are to be further intensified in cooperation with existing customers. According to its own statements, Hocke CNC Metallbearbeitung GmbH supplies about 25 customers with drawing-based special parts made of metal and plastic, which are produced on more than 20 CNC machines. The programming is done at a central location. Thereby the progress shows. Conventional lathes no longer exist here. Automated cutting techniques set the tone. Schein has learned the craft from scratch. The mechanical engineer completed an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic before studying and worked as a toolmaker, which is ideally suited to his new job. Thanks to his experience as a project manager at the automobile manufacturer Daimler in Stuttgart, he has the skills and networks required to solve problems in a goal-oriented manner. For the newly-established entrepreneur, the most important thing in the initial phase is to build trust with customers and employees. The workforce is closely linked to the company. The majority of the skilled workers have learned at Hocke. In addition, the new company boss has an experienced man at his side with his predecessor, who will accompany the operative business for the time being and thus facilitate the transition.