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Groz-Beckert opens school complex

The company commits a multi-million Euro investment to benefiting employees and the local community.

Needle manufacturer Groz-Beckert has opened a health and education centre – known as ‘GEBIZ’ – in the German city of Albstadt. According to the company, this €17.5 million investment is evidence of Groz-Beckert’s corporate social responsibility, and a commitment to its belief that providing education and health is not solely the job of the state.

The Kita Malesfelsen day nursery and Grundschule Malesfelsen elementary school has been designed to offer all-day care and education for children aged from birth to ten. The newly constructed complex also houses the BKK Groz-Beckert health insurance fund for the company's employees and their families, and the Vitalzentrum Malesfelsen, which offers fitness programmes. Other provisions include a company physician, company medics and a physiotherapy centre.

The project – which took 18 months to complete – is claimed by Groz-Beckert to be the first of its kind in the region in which a company has become involved to such an extent in the social issues of childcare, education and health.

Groz-Beckert is said to have brought on board a number of experienced partner organisations to operate the different facilities. The Kita Malesfelsen day nursery is open on workdays from 6.50am to 6pm. It has places available for 40 children from birth to three years old, and for 30 children between the ages of three and six.

In all, the Grundschule Malesfelsen elementary school has a total of 80 places available for the four school years. Demand from parents has reportedly been high from the very start, with the first class, offering places for 20 children, filling up very quickly.

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This article was originally published on page 42 of the November 2013 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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