Business and Community: Grenzebach celebrates its 25th
by Clay Neely
Grenzebach celebrated its 25th year of business in Newnan on Friday with a genuine, German Oktoberfest celebration.
Traditional German fare was in abundance with employees from both Germany and the United States dressed in full Bavarian attire, complementing the native cuisine and beverages.
The “Grenzebach Buam” band, made up entirely of Grenzebach employees from Bavaria, was also flown in from Germany to help keep the celebration as authentic as possible.
Among the highlights of the Oktoberfest celebration was the fully automated Grenzebach beer-pouring robot, dispensing beverages for the delighted onlookers.
Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and State Rep. Lynn Smith were in attendance along with many others, showing support for the business that chose to expand its U.S. operations to Newnan and Coweta County 25 years ago.
Rudolf Grenzebach, the founder of Grenzebach Corporation in 1960, was honored for his longstanding dedication toward pride, commitment and the joy of making his business the company it is today with a sharp focus on family and integrity. Brady spoke on behalf of the city of Newnan, acknowledging the gratitude toward Grenzebach and its commitment to safety and its involvement in the community, proclaiming Oct. 18 “Grenzebach Day” in the city of Newnan.
Smith also spoke to having a company like Grenzebach in the county and praised officials for being a “family anchored” business that made itself an indispensable member of the business community — citing not only their internship and apprenticeship programs but also their recent OSHA award and continued work with STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education. “Thank you for choosing Newnan,” said Smith.
Johnny Hosmer, Allan Burkett and Bruce McGuffey were honored for their 25-year-long service at the Newnan facility and awarded framed certificates.
“These three employees here in Newnan are honored for their 25 years of membership in our company and that is something I do not take for granted. I’m very grateful,” said Rudolf Grenzebach.
The Hon. Philip Tomlinson shared greetings from Governor Nathan Deal, citing Grenzebach as being one of Georgia’s greatest business entities and praising the role they play in the state’s economic development.
Rudolf Grenzebach thanked everyone in attendance, specifically the employees and the community for their reliability, dedication and intelligence. When asked if Newnan would be his choice again, he emphatically said “yes.”
“The geographic position and infrastructure are good arguments for Newnan but the people and their mentality are very important to me as well. We were welcomed quickly and cordially.”
“In the 1980s we started our internationalization and we had very good customers in the USA. In order to improve our contact with them, we then decided to start our own operation here. We selected Newnan and I am still happy about this decision,” said Grenzebach.
When questioned about what makes him particularly proud at the moment, Grenzebach responded, “I am proud of our staff, my company and all of its employees. But today I am particularly proud about the SHARP award, which Grenzebach Newnan received in August from OSHA. In Georgia, only 18 companies have been honored with this award so far. It shows that we as a company have arrived here in America.”