and Constania-Verpackungen AG
Boy, it sure would simplify things if privately held Constantia-Iso
AG and publicly listed Constantia-Verpackungen AG merged but
evidently Herbert Turnauer, who founded both companies, likes
the way things are. Through his Constantia Industrial Group,
Turnauer controls both.
Between the two, revenues in 2001 were 1.4 billion Euros and
9,200 employees. What do the two companies do? The production
and processing of wood, fiberboard and chipboards. They also
manufacture pharmaceutical packaging systems.
Headquarters, located almost directly across the street from
Vienna's opera house, is an old but elegant turn-of-the-century
building on the ring road surrounding Vienna's city center. A
movie theatre anchors one part of the ground floor (the movie
"Spiderman" is playing). The marbled lobby of the six-story
building is dark, old and no reception area. The elevator is
a real hoot---it's easily from the turn of the last century and
features a velvet covered seat to rest your tush on if you can't
manage to stand-up.
Brian Framson, an American, whose title on his business card
reads "Konxerncontroller" or controller, answers my
questions. With only 15 people at headquarters, it's very decentralized
here. The company occupies two floors (2nd & 3rd) and there's
no cafeteria. Smoking is allowed in designated areas, parking
is paid for and the company's Website is in German only.
Can't see CEO Michael Goetz's office because he's in a meeting
but I do see the cool boardroom. A crystal chandelier watches
over the aluminum laminated boardroom table and an old fireplace
adds pizzazz to the wood floored room. From the boardroom one
can step out onto a small balcony and have a great view of the
tree-lined ring road or Opernring as this section of the road
is called. Framson says the company offices used to be the home
of a Duke, who liked to stand out on the boardroom balcony and
wave to Emperor Franz-Josef as his motorcade passed by. The magnificent
Imperial Palace is only a few blocks away.