Topping-out ceremony for the new WTO Smart Factory

The construction of the largest expansion in the company's history continues according to plan despite the Corona crisis.
On the construction site for the new office building and the new production hall, things are progressing quickly and on schedule. The impressive dimensions of the new building, with its characteristic façade design already visible, are already attracting the admiring glances of passing motorists from the adjacent highway.
Due to Corona safety measures, only a small, symbolic topping-out ceremony was held with the owner and CEO of WTO, Sascha Tschiggfrei, the managing director of the executing architectural office, Grossmann Group, Jürgen Grossmann, and the managing partner of Rendler Bau, Markus Huber. The topping-out ceremony symbolizes the second milestone of the approx. 14,000 m² (~150,695 square foot) expansion, of which approx. 9,000 m² (~97,000 square foot) are accounted for by the "Smart Factory" with the latest industry 4.0 production technology and approx. 5,000 m² (~54,000 square foot) by the new office building with a view of the castle. Sascha Tschiggfrei, introduced the symbolic topping-out ceremony for the completion of the shell and steel structure of the production hall with a thank-you note: "All those involved have so far mastered the challenges of this major project very well and are keeping to the schedule, despite the restrictions imposed by Corona. Today's topping-out ceremony makes our vision of manufacturing the future here in Ohlsbach tangible."
Green Factory - Economy meets Ecology
The Smart Factory planned by WTO is above all also a "Green Factory". It is intended to set a milestone here in the region in terms of state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and environmental protection. "We have been using renewable energies for production at the Ohlsbach site for years. The experience we have gained to date has enabled us to further expand the use of renewable energies for production in the new Smart Factory," says WTO CEO, Sascha Tschiggfrei. By using energy from groundwater for cooling and from process waste heat for heating, a total of 3.8 gigawatt hours of energy can be saved per year, which corresponds to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 445 tons.
The planned photovoltaic system with an area of approx. 5,000 m² can generate 750 kWp and thus a large part of the electricity required by WTO itself. This means that the withdrawal from the power grid can be reduced by approx. 770 megawatt hours per year, which corresponds to a CO2 emission of 420 tons.
Modern workplaces with a view of the castle
"We have designed a building that integrates perfectly into the dreamlike landscape and guarantees magnificent views. Through the characteristic and large glass front, all workstations in the light-flooded offices have a view of Ortenberg Castle," adds Jürgen Grossmann, Managing Director of the Grossmann Group.
(Ohlsbach/Germany, May 2020)
View of the new office building "with a view of the castle" in the shell and then the steel construction of the production hall for the Smart Factory.
In the left half of the picture the existing building with production hall and high-bay warehouse of the WTO in Ohlsbach.

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WTO invests 40 million euros at the Ohlsbach location for the most modern "Smart Factory" in the region and an office building with a view of the castle.

Today's ground-breaking ceremony symbolizes the start of construction on the approx. 14,000 m² extension of which approx. 9,000 m²  is accounted for by a "Smart Factory" with state-of-the-art industry 4.0 production technology and approx. 5,000 m² by a new office building with a view of the castle.

Climate control - economy meets ecology.

The Smart Factory planned by WTO is intended to set a milestone in production technology and environmental protection in the region. "We firmly believe that highly efficient production in Germany using predominantly renewable energies is feasible," says WTO CEO Sascha Tschiggfrei.

Modern workplaces with castle view:

The new building is intended to create a modern and pleasant working environment for WTO employees. The architect group Grossmann has designed a unique building which perfectly integrates modern architecture into the dreamlike landscape. All offices are flooded with natural light and have a view of the castle. A stylish company restaurant with freshly prepared meals and a large fitness room with a view of the castle will ensure the well-being of the employees.