Press archive 2013

02 September 2013

ebm-papst donates more than €100,000 for flood victims

Over €100,000 in donations for the victims of the disastrous flooding in Landshut and Deggendorf: this sum was raised by the employees, Works Council and Management of the ebm-papst Group.

Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of Board of Directors of ebm-papst, together with Stefan Brandl, Managing Director of the ebm-papst location in Landshut, present the cheque to Peter Volkmer, Deggendorf's 2nd mayor, in Deggendorf town hall. Left to right: Stefan Brandl, Peter Volkmer, Rainer Hundsdörfer.
Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of Board of Directors of ebm-papst, together with Stefan Brandl, Managing Director of the ebm-papst location in Landshut, present the cheque to Peter Volkmer, Deggendorf's 2nd mayor, in Deggendorf town hall. Left to right: Stefan Brandl, Peter Volkmer, Rainer Hundsdörfer.

"ebm-papst has operated a location in Landshut since 1997; due to this Bavarian connection, we made a collective decision to give the sum to the flood victims living there," explains Rainer Hundsdörfer, Chairman of Board of Directors of the ebm-papst Group.

The donation efforts were initiated by the fan specialist company's Landshut-based subsidiary, which had itself experienced flooding in the cellar of the production facility.

"The preventative measures and quick response from employees were to thank for the fact that we didn't suffer more serious damage or disruption," explains Stefan Brandl, Managing Director of the Bavarian location. However, many people in the flooded areas were not so fortunate, and lost all their belongings. "As a result, several departments expressed a wish to donate the proceeds of this year's internal company celebration to the flood victims," says Jürgen Reus, Landshut's Works Council Chairman. This produced a sum of around €25,000, which the Management in Landshut then rounded up to €30,000. In addition, the Works Council called for another voluntary donation drive, which managed to collect a further €6,500. The total money raised, to the sum of €36,500, was placed directly at the disposal of the city of Landshut.

The ebm-papst location in St. Georgen simultaneously started its own collection fund at the suggestion of the staff and the Works Council. Each employee donated at least one flexitime hour's salary, as was the case for the catastrophic floods of 2002. This raised a total of €45,000. The Chair of the Works Council at the location, Martina Burger, said the following: "Any of us can be affected by a natural disaster and so we want to offer help collectively."

Even the family day on the 50th company anniversary at the headquarters in Mulfingen also took place in the name of the flood victims. €25,000 was raised for the cause through the sale of food and drink tokens.

ebm-papst employees at the Mulfingen headquarters had already taken part in a privately organised aid effort in Passau during the time of the flooding. The company offered its support in the form of an HGV.

Altogether, the efforts of the ebm-papst staff, Management and Works Council raised a total of €106,500 for the flood victims in Bavaria, of which €70,000 was donated to the town of Deggendorf.

Hauke Hannig
Head of Corporate Communication / Press Spokesperson ebm-papst Group
Phone: +49 7938 81-7105
Fax: +49 7938 81-97105
hauke.hannig@de.ebmpapst.com

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