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STELA new factory openning

STELA dryers are now coming out of the new plant

Since spring this year STELA German dryers have been manufactured and assembled in the new production plant situated in the industrial zone on the edge of the little town of Massing in German. The history of STELA has been linked to this town since 1922. It is therefore clear that this is a firm with a significant history.

STELA is a German family company, a world leader in the production of dryers. Specialising exclusively in agricultural and industrial drying machinery enables the firm to focus on technical development and streamlining production efficiency. Our range of industrial dryers includes conveyor-belt dryers for sawdust, wood chips, sewage sludge, digestate, vegetables and trough dryers for materials that do not flow well, such as seeds and pumpkin seeds. The range of agricultural dryers primarily comprises tower and mobile dryers for all sorts of grain. STELA is the only manufacturer to divide its tower dryers for use with corn and grain, as it wants to keep cutting the costs of drying the dominant crops.

Although the new production plant has been in operation since this spring, the grand opening ceremony did not take place until June. This was an event lasting several days, and also included training, visits to farms, a cruise on a steamer, supporting the teams in the football match between Germany and Poland, and of course a grand festive banquet, to which more than eight hundred guests were invited. Everyone had the chance to take a guided tour of the inner workings of the new plant, workshops and office areas.

STELA has expanded quite a lot in recent years, not only in terms of its headcount, but also its sales markets. As STELA director Thomas Laxhuber noted in his speech at the ceremony, the firm now employs 140 people and also supplies its products to Asia and the U.S.

What actually led to the construction of the new production plant and company headquarters? Thomas Laxhuber’s answer was this: “We have developed and grown very quickly in the last 15 years. The size of our dryers has also increased to meet the growing needs of our customers. Our previous premises were starting to become cramped, so building larger facilities for our firm was therefore a logical and essential step,” he explains. So, in 2013 the family started to look for a suitable location for the new plant. An ideal site was found in the new industrial area on the outskirts of Massing.

Construction work on the new headquarters began in autumn 2014 and lasted for sixteen months. The site has 15,000 m2 of production area and 3,000 m2 of office space. Over 50,000 cubic meters of concrete was used just for the foundations.

The original production hall, which is located in the centre of Massing, is still operational, albeit only partially. All the mechanical aspects of the production process are now based in the new plant, with most of the components developed by STELA itself.

And what are the company’s plans for the future? “We see a bright future for our firm. We want to expand into the markets in Asia and the U.S. and also increase the range of dryers we offer, as this is something our customers want. The new production plant will help us to accomplish these plans,” he said to conclude his speech, and thanked all the customers, business partners and sponsors who had helped to build the new plant.

Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016
Slavnostní otevření nového sídla firmy STELA proběhlo 17. června 2016