After 41 years with Service Sorg Keramik (SKS) Werner Frankenberger is retiring.
For 150 years Sorg served the glass industry and settled since 1949 in Lohr am Main. Like many other boys from Rechtenbach, Germany, Werner Frankenberger longed to work there.
“As a young man, I was fascinated by the stories and experiences of the people who worked at Sorg. It soon became clear that I would also like to enter the glass industry,” he said .
He soon joined the company in 1981. Today, 41 years later, Mr. Frankenberger is retiring from the company: “What I will certainly miss the most is the exchange with customers and colleagues. »
Mr. Frankenberger started out as a bricklayer and his first task was to rebuild a glass melting furnace in Steinbach am Wald. Eight years later, he joined the after-sales service, where he deepened his knowledge and skills with the help of Adolf Knauer. The technical director has become a mentor for Mr. Frankenberger. Unfortunately, Mr. Knauer passed away in 1996 and it was up to his student to take on the role of headmaster.
As Technical Director, Mr. Frankenberger was responsible for the technical execution of projects and services. One of his biggest challenges was a glass leak in South Africa a few years ago: “The client called me to get out of bed in the middle of the night. The next morning I was on a plane en route to South Africa to assist the client there.
Asked about his greatest accomplishment, Mr. Frankenberger recalls his first full throat replacement in hot conditions: “It took a lot of preparation and thought. I was jubilant when everything worked out.
Since he joined the company, a lot has changed: “Today we have a lot of tools and equipment for our work. At the time, everything was done by hand! I also noticed that due to digitization many things are discussed via video conference and email. Personal contacts on the spot are becoming less and less frequent.
The director predicts that more changes are to come: “It is becoming more and more difficult to find qualified experts and personnel for the glass industry. SKS faces increased competition, especially in maintenance and hot repairs. The preservation and transfer of knowledge will be difficult, but I am convinced that we will succeed. »
Mr. Frankenberger’s retirement plans are simple but fun: Cycling more: “I’ll miss my colleagues and clients, but I look forward to investing more time in cycling.