Zellweger Luwa AG
About a dozen miles southeast of Zurich lies Uster, a town of
30,000 inhabitants. Its size makes Uster one of the largest towns
in the outlying district of Zurich. I'm here to visit Zellweger
Luwa, an industrial group with sales of $619 million and more
than 3,700 employees. Its main markets are the textile, oil &
gas, pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries. Gas detection
systems, textile electronics and air & climate control are
the company's main products.
A 10- minute walk from its city center brings you to Zellweger
Luwa's park-like headquarters. The driveway leading into the
grounds is lined on one side by massive mature trees and on the
other side there's a large pond. Coming into view of the buildings
one can tell this place has been here for a while because the
buildings have a definite 1960's look to them. There's a guardhouse
at the entrance that looks like at one time everybody had to
stop before entering. That's not the case anymore as I cycle
I receive a warm welcome from Cornelia Risl, Head of Corporate
Communications and Investor Relations, and Blanca Schneider,
Generalsekretariat. As I had guessed, the five-story head office
building was built in the 1960's and about 40-50 people work
here. There's plenty of employee parking, everyone eats in the
cafeteria, meeting rooms are named after artists and smoking
is allowed in offices.
Next to the head office and extending out over another pond stands
a single story eight-sided building used for meetings. It's a
30-minute drive to Zurich Airport, five minutes to the nearest
freeway and no recreational facilities on-site-though I bet those
two large ponds have seen local fisherman poking around. Any
employee perks? Free soft drinks in the break rooms.
Nothing special about CEO Konrad Peter's top floor office. I
note the one real plant and the laptop computer. The view? A
soothing view of the pond and trees.