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Last shift in tears: this is where workers bury their company

No future for the “Mahle” plant in Freiberg. As a result, 80 employees will lose their jobs. On the last working day, they symbolically buried the company.

Freiberg – A coffin, crosses, hugs and lots of tears: the lights went out forever in the “Mahle” factory in Freiberg yesterday, Friday afternoon. So he died at the Bobritzsch-Hilbersdorf site (Central Saxony) a production history that began in 1935.

The employees concluded their last shift with a symbolic funeral.

The employees concluded their last shift with a symbolic funeral. © Kristin Schmidt

Among the 80 affected was Sandy Küttner. The 43-year-old has been working at the plant since 2014. “I will especially miss the community,” she said deeply saddened. She had never experienced such cohesion in any other work in the West.

Hans-Peter Richter had been there since 1977. The 60-year-old started as an apprentice at the previous company. Like his colleagues, he wrote the year he joined the company with chalk on one of the crosses.

“It’s a bitter end,” says Anne Zeumer (42) of IG Metall. You have tried everything, even developed new concepts. Eventually unsuccessful. After all, a good severance pay had been agreed, and colleagues would surely find a later job in the region soon.

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The “Mahle” office in Stuttgart asked for understanding for the closure and referred to the current “need for adjustments resulting from technological change in the automotive industry and forecasts for the further development of sales markets”.

For the Freiberg site, there were no prospects for an economic and sustainable setup, he said on request.

According to its own statements, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of original equipment in the field of engine cooling and vehicle air conditioning.

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