Solid ground for important steps – WACKER donates floor coating for new building and provides training at the Ruperti workshops in Altötting.

Burghausen, Feb 14, 2020

The Ruperti workshops in Altötting offer support on many levels. People with disabilities are given meaningful employment and individual vocational training at the institution, which falls under the diocesan Caritas Association. “Our main task and our goal is to provide a variety of incentives and training options that enable people with disabilities to re-enter the workforce,” explains Günther Zumüller, departmental head of the workshop at the railway station in Altötting.

(From right) Andreas Schimpfhauser, Udo Goedecke, Dr. Udo Anders (all from Construction Chemicals at WACKER), Günther Zumüller (departmental head of the workshop at the railway station in Altötting), Stephan Haas (head of Communications & Information in Burghausen) and Jakob Starnecker (Federal Voluntary Service) gather in front of the new Ruperti workshop building near the station at the donation presentation and on-site training.

While the main workshop in Altötting caters primarily to people with intellectual disabilities, the one at the railway station is for people with psychiatric disabilities. More than fifty people have a placement here. Each is given a task that reflects his or her inclinations and skills or previous job – ranging from electrical installation, metalwork, engraving and laser work to art. The workshop at the station is home to five working groups.

In response to rising demand for places at supported employment institutions, a new 1,800-square-meter workshop is under construction right next to the existing building in Oskar-von-Miller-Straße. “This will give us the space we urgently need to offer more people a rehabilitation place and to support them with training and vocational qualification programs. At the same time, we are creating more rooms for leisure and spaces where staff members can have a little privacy,” said Zumüller explaining the project.

By April this year, the first section of the new building will be ready for occupation. Construction is in full swing. The concrete floors are being installed in the new production rooms and on workshop surfaces. To make sure they are especially robust and long-lasting, WACKER donated one hundred kilograms of SILRES® BS 6920, a low-viscosity binder, to the Ruperti workshops and helped with the installation work on site.

“Our cooperation with the Ruperti workshops goes back some thirty years. They produce different components for us such as pipe clamps, mounting brackets or printed and engraved samples and demonstration items,” said Stephan Haas, head of Communications & Information in Burghausen, at the handover.

Dr. Udo Anders, head of Technical Marketing Construction Chemicals, and Udo Goedecke, Senior Marketing Manager Construction Chemicals at WACKER, were on site for two days instructing the staff at the Ruperti workshops about surface treatment, offering useful tips and helping with the work at hand along with WACKER lab assistant Andreas Schimpfhauser.

The floor covering in the Ruperti workshops was applied with paint rollers and floor wipers in a joint effort. It will literally be a steppingstone into employment for many people with disabilities in the decades to come.


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