11/05/2019

Leipold Inc.: The Leipold Newsletter -3rd. Edition October 2019

Leipold Inc. The Leipold Newsletter - 3rd. Edition October 2019
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100 Years and 4 Generations

This past September, Leipold celebrated 100 years

Founder Carl Leipold started a skilled craftsmen business in the Black Forest without startup capital.

  

Through the difficult post World War I years, the upswing of the golden twenties, the difficult World War II time and into the 1950’s, Carl Leipold stood the test of time, even moving its location and enlarging the factory, employing 40 people, increasing to 100 by 1969 and being one of Wolfach’s most important employers.

Carl Leipold’s son-in-law, Ludwig Schiefer joins the company, taking over after the death of Carl Leipold in 1979. In 1982, Ludwig Schiefer passed away suddenly, leaving his son Dr. Karl-Heinz Schiefer in charge sooner than anticipated, with 124 employees, shifting from a skilled craftsmen business to an industrial enterprise, now manufacturing products for automotive, industrial technology and electrical engineering, using brass, copper and steel alloys, as well as aluminum and titanium.

 

Keeping in the family, in 2012 Dr. Karl-Heinz Schiefer’s son, Pascal becomes the new managing director, driving investments in new technologies.

   

Doubling the production area of the United States facility in 2017, he is currently looking to expand the Wolfach location as well, stating “Experience shows that the most successful business relationships are always those in which Leipold is involved in customer projects very early on.”

Today, Leipold is headquartered in Wolfach, Germany with locations in Dransfeld, Germany and Windsor, CT, employing a combined total of 360 people. Having 8 machine groups, they produce approximately one (1) billion precision parts per year.

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