The coveted company award rewards sustainable management, investment in location safeguarding and engagement for the region
On the evening of September 14, 2019, the traditional Fulda-based company Werner Schmid GmbH was awarded the “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes” (Grand Prix of Medium-Sized Businesses). “Germany’s most coveted economic award” (DIE WELT) has been awarded by the Leipzig-based Oskar Patzelt Foundation for 25 years, and since 2003 in 12 competition regions throughout Germany. Companies are judged not only based on key business figures, but according to a holistic approach that also takes into account the company’s innovative strength, customer orientation and market positioning as well as its social commitment and role in society.
Companies cannot apply for the award themselves, but must be nominated by associations or institutions. Werner Schmid GmbH has been nominated every year since 2016 by the Fulda Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has already been honoured as a “finalist” in 2017. In 2019, 5,399 companies were nominated nationwide, 307 of them in the competition region Hessen. A jury of experts selected six finalists and three prizewinners from the nominated companies – including Werner Schmid GmbH. In addition to its commitment to the region, particularly in the area of participation and support of disadvantaged young people, the jury particularly emphasized the investments in the long-term safeguarding of the location, our research activities, which have been intensified in recent years, and the company health care management.
The managing directors Matthias and Joachim Hauß were delighted: “It´s a great honour to receive this award. We are very proud that we were able to assert ourselves among so many outstanding companies and bring the award to Fulda. We are particularly pleased that the SME award places a strong focus on corporate responsibility and the contribution to society. For us, commitment to the region has always been at the heart of Werner Schmid’s business”. The brothers also see the award as a confirmation of the strong foundation of the medium-sized company. “Werner Schmid GmbH has established itself as a leading supplier of technically sophisticated metal forming and plastic mouldings. We owe this above all to the technological know-how, the innovative strength and the commitment of our employees. This award is therefore the merit of the entire workforce”.
Werner Schmid GmbH has been based in Fulda, Hessen, since its foundation in 1946. For more than 70 years it has been producing stamped and formed metal parts, and for more than 40 years injection moulded plastic parts. High-quality metal-plastic hybrid connections round off the company’s portfolio. The tools and injection moulds required for this are designed and manufactured in the company’s own tool shop. Customers of Werner Schmid GmbH can be found in numerous industries, but mainly in the automotive industry, measurement and control technology as well as in the ventilation industry.