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1871Johann Bchner (1845–1896) builds the first brick kiln. Kastulus Leipfinger (1892–1978) marries Johann Buchner‘s daughter, Katharina. They take over the company, which is managed under Kastulus Leipfinger. In this marriage, they have a daughter, Katharina Leipfinger.1940In 1938, Franz Bader and Katharina Leipfinger marry. Two years later the name and property issues are adjusted accordingly. The family-owned company now operates under the name Leipfinger Bader.1963Thanks to industrialization and steadily growing demand, clay brick production develops steadily. Kastulus Bader joins his parents’ company.1974Massive modernization work: With the investment in the fully automatic setting equipment in 1973, production is increased to 35 mill. standard size units/year – capacity is doubled. At the same time, the kiln is optimized to further improve brick quality.1983The traditional brickworks in Puttenhausen is acquired. Puttenhausen has its own clay pits and assures raw materials supply.1993The company site in Vatersdorf is redesigned to meet environmental protection standards.1997Commissioning of one of the most modern manufacturing plants for high-precision blocks in ….. Certification of the company in quality and environment management, joining of the Environmental Pact of Bavaria.2003The two brickworks achieve a total capacity of 170 mill. standard-size units. The company already employs 90 people.2006Thomas Bader is the fifth generation to join the family-run company. Commissioning of the first, ultramodern filling plant for Unipor Coriso blocks in Puttenhausen.2008The Puttenhausen plant celebrates the 25th anniversary of its existence.2014Leipfinger Bader takes over the main assets of the business operations of the Schönlind Brick Plant from the brickworks Ziegelei Merkl.2016A new tunnel kiln starts operation at the Vatersdorf plant.
For around 150 years, the family-run brick company Leipfinger Bader Ziegelwerke has produced clay masonry bricks and blocks – now in the fifth generation. Processes and products have been steadily refined and now include high-thermal-insulation clay blocks filled with insulating material. In 2016 the brickworks hosted the Zi student field trip. At this event, we spoke to Thomas Bader, owner and Managing Director of Leipfinger Bader Ziegelwerke, about his family company.
When you grow up in a family company like ours, it is clear that you will join the company at some point. I studied ceramics at Höhr-Grenzhausen and having completed that course, I followed it up by studying business administration in Cologne. Then in 2006, at the age of 32, I joined my parents’ company. It is a great honour to continue operating a company with such a long tradition.