Sunshine and hot summery temperatures built the perfect backdrop for our first SWB family day on 27 August 2016. About 100 employees took the chance to offer their dependants a look behind the scenes of SWB so that almost 350 people joined our first family day.
The guided tours through the foundry drew large crowds. “How are SWB’s highly wear-resistant tools produced?” “What are they used for?” “How much weighs a shredder hammer?” “What about the positive impact of metal recycling on the environment?” “What does the workstation of my husband, dad etc. look like?” These and many more questions were answered during the tours.
A special highlight for children and adolescents was the casting workshop. In his mobile school foundry, Volker Allexi gave the junior founders some theoretical background before they could dabble at moulding, watch the casting process, put the finishing touches to the so casted zodiac medals that they could take home as a souvenir. The combination of infotainment and manual work went down well with the participants and the audience and helped to reach the educational goal to increase the interest in technical professions.
Creativity and teamwork were to the fore when it came to paint the family day picture. The huge picture will be displayed in one of the conference rooms. Little princesses and princes could also make and decorate paper crowns.
Food trucks with sausages, chips, falafel and sweet crêpes took care of creature comforts and didn’t make it easy what to pick. Especially the ice cream stall was very popular – no surprise due to temperatures above 30° C. Non-alcoholic beer, soft drinks, juices and water ensured refreshment, too. The mobile coffee station, a Piaggio Ape, was such an eye catcher that, despite the summery temperatures, coffee, tea and hot chocolate sold like hot cakes.
SWB family day impressions (pictures: Volker Wiciok):