The historically unique opportunity to carry out business activities in Eastern Germany after reunification is possible as early as 1990. After a few on site fact-finding trips by Edmund Meiser personally and a few discussions with the then director, MEISER takes the snap decision to take over the former jig and fixture construction section of MLK Plauen with approximately 50 employees in 1991. The firm is founded on 1st February 1991, with the first press locked grating being produced under the MEISER flag as early as the beginning of April 1991. However, given the exceptional growth of the company, the premises of the former state combine quickly become too small, so that it becomes necessary to relocate. In Oelsnitz, which is just a few kilometres away, the Johannisberg industrial estate is completely redeveloped in 1993.

In 1994, MEISER moves into its newly constructed production facility for grating and staircase systems. From now on, the company's own slitting plants based on the parent plant in Limbach increase the independence of the location, while the product range is supplemented by vineyard posts made of steel. A further major investment follows just a short time later. With the firm uwM Stanztechnik, the production of press welded grating is significantly expanded. At the same time, toolmaking and mechanical engineering gain significance, thereby functioning more than ever as a MEISER competence centre. A new central office rounds off the investment package of 50 million Deutschmarks. The company site is further enlarged with the acquisition of a property that has become vacant, with extensions being added to the existing halls.

Over a total area of more than 180,000 m² and approximately 40,000 m² of covered production areas, almost the entire value-added chain of MEISER is mapped today. The company's own splitting and wire-drawing plants, numerous production lines for press welded grating and press locked grating, several profiling lines for the manufacture of vineyard posts and special sections, as well as the manufacture of sheet metal profile grating since 2003, currently guarantee approximately 600 highly motivated employees a secure job and outstanding prospects for the future. MEISER in Vogtland is a shining example of a successful combination of the targeted promotion of economic development and a sustainable corporate strategy. The company's own toolmaking and mechanical engineering departments also guarantee the further development of existing activities abroad (Dubai, Turkey etc.) as well as the setting-up of further foreign production locations. Under the long-term managership of Frank Degenkolb and Dietmar Prätorius, MEISER succeeds from the first day on in achieving exemplary development in the former states of East Germany. In 2008 Mr Prätorius begins his retirement. He is succeeded by Robert Vièl, who together with Mr Degenkolb wants to further increase the diversification process.

Founded: 1991
Employees: 604
Business areas: Production and marketing of grating, stairs, profile grating, slit coil and vineyard posts, wire grating, GFRP grating, sheet piles and HTS wooden beams
Sales region: Worldwide


Meiser Vogtland OHG
Am Lehmteich 3 
08606 Oelsnitz

Telephone: + 49 (0) 37421 500
Facsimile: + 49 (0) 37421 502120