Wolf Group celebrates 50th Anniversary Austrian-style

October 2016 marked a milestone for the Wolf Group as it celebrated its 50th anniversary with a three-day event, fittingly held at its Scharnstein facility in Austria - the very place where Johann Wolf laid the foundations for the Wolf Group back in 1966.

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Johann was born and raised on his parent's farm in Scharnstein, a small town at the heart of the Alm Valley in Upper Austria. Whilst the site has been developed significantly over the decades to meet the demands of the business, part of the original farmhouse can still be seen there today.

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The festivities began on the Friday with a special celebratory day for all employees and on the Saturday morning, 600 invited guests attended an official opening ceremony, before opening the doors to visitors.

"Traditionally in Austria celebrations of this nature are truly 'open house'," explains Thomas Stadler Managing Director of the Scharnstein operation, "and this was very much the case, as over the course of the weekend we welcomed close to 20,000 people on-site!

The Wolf Group’s hospitality extended from breakfast time, through to the very small hours throughout the weekend - a truly wonderful experience."

Visitors were treated to tours of the site with highlights including Wolf’s new timber frame production hall, art gallery featuring photographs and portraits of employees at work and the magnificent exhibition hall.

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For families and thrill seekers, activities and entertainment included a 'not for the faint hearted' crane ride, offering a birds-eye view of the whole 15 hectare site.

"Over €16million has been invested in the site over recent years and many visitors were particularly keen to see our recently refurnished production hall #1. After 40 years of service the 1975 construction was in need of a complete overhaul, so the building fabric was updated, a new roof including photo voltaic cells was installed and insulation brought up to modern standards. It was refitted with Weinmann Timber Frame production equipment and all factory staff now have iPads in order to monitor production, it’s a very different space today and perfect for our operational requirements."

Equipped to produce 350 houses a year, the state-of-the art machinery and production environment enables the Group to fulfil growing demand for its particular design of timber frame construction throughout Europe.

Watch the time-lapse video of the refurbishment of Hall #1 here.