By buying a workshop in Aadorf (Switzerland) in 1882, Anton Griesser laid the foundations for his company which is now steeped in tradition. The pioneering spirit and entrepreneurship of its founder has remained with the Griesser brand over time and they live on in its philosophy and products. Griesser has been a family-run company since it was founded and still retains its independence today.
Timeline of Griesser history
Official groundbreaking for the new production building at the Möckern site
With a new production hall together with a cutting-edge powder coating facility, weinor is expanding its production capacities at the Möckern plant in Saxony-Anhalt. With this investment of between 12 and 13 million euros as well as machinery and setup costs, weinor will almost double its capacities in Möckern in the medium-term.
The first sustainable awning fabric collection: modern basics blue®
modern basics blue® is the first sustainable awning fabric collection for use outdoors, with the Tempotest® Starlight® blue solar shading fabric made from 85% recycled PET certified according to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). In comparison to conventional awning fabrics made from Polyester, it boasts a considerably better environmental balance with regard to energy consumption, CO2 emissions and water consumption. Since its roll-out, modern basics blue® has already won six product and design prizes.
Development of production in Aadorf
Griesser AG is investing in its head office while replacing an old hall with a new construction. This will ensure more efficient production, in part thanks to a new powder coating facility.
CEO, Urs Neuhauser, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Walter Strässle, laid the foundation stone for the new building.
Rollout New Branding - Inspired by the Sun
Curtain up for "Inspired by the Sun.": From January 20, 2021, Griesser will present its new logo and brand identity. This marks the start of a new era for Griesser. The future of Griesser is sustainable and ambitious. With its new image, Griesser presents itself more sustainably, authentically and emotionally throughout Europe. The modernized logo is now reduced to its essential components. The new corporate color, a sunlit green, is mainly intended above all to create a high level of environmental awareness and a look to the future.
Architect’s Darling: Gold for Griesser
Griesser has once again won the golden phoenix in the Swiss "Architects' Darling 2020" award. After winning in the sun and weather protection category in 2018, when the award was carried out for the first time, Griesser has once again been awarded the Golden Phoenix this year. The company was convincing in every respect.
Management change at Griesser
After 28 years, Walter Strässle, the former CEO and co-owner, is handing over operational management of the Griesser brand to Urs Neuhauser. Following this operational change, the company will remain in family hands - Walter Strässle has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors as of May and will actively lead the strategic direction of the Griesser brand.
Urs Neuhauser has been responsible for various business units in the construction industry for the past seven years as a member of the Group Management of the Swiss company Jansen AG. He was responsible for building up new markets, strengthening businesses and implementing innovations. Urs Neuhauser will now contribute his experience as the new CEO of Griesser and continue to develop the brand.
Architects' Darling Swiss Edition 2018: Gold for Griesser
Griesser is delighted about the "Architects' Darling" Award in the sun protection category. On March 15, 2018, we received the Golden Phoenix at the award ceremony at Kaufleuten Zurich.
The winner was determined on the basis of a nationwide and independent survey of around 400 architects in Switzerland, who were able to choose their "favourite" from 82 construction product manufacturers in 20 categories.
The SME Award 2009 is conferred to Griesser AG
FDP.The Liberals confers the SME Award on a regular basis. This year, it went to a company which is notably dedicated to energy efficiency and the environment.
Awareness among companies to invest in future-proof environmental and energy technology hasn’t only increased since energy prices started to rise. These days, any company that wants to enjoy economic success, can’t afford to ignore the environment. FDP.The Liberals Thurgau firmly believes that it’s possible to create improved environmental conditions without negatively impacting on economic wellbeing. It therefore used this year’s SME Award to target those companies which have an impressive commitment to energy efficiency and environmental issues.
Headed by Dr. Wolfgang Maute, the jury, which was made up of representatives from Thurgau-based businesses and from the FDP Thurgau party executive committee, agreed that this year’s SME Award would be conferred to Aadorf-based Griesser AG.
Griesser takes innovative spirit and quality very seriously. This is also the case when it comes to energy efficiency – right from the building shell and production process to the finished product. These aspects also helped the jury reach their decision.
Renovation of headquarters & CO2 reduction
The office building at Griesser headquarters is renovated and equipped with the latest technology and energy systems. A high level of energy efficiency is ensured and a key contribution to environmental protection made thanks to a special night cooling and air conditioning concept used in conjunction with the latest external venetian blinds.
Belt coating & CO2 reduction
CHF 5 million is invested in the new belt coating system. The plasma system, which is the only one of its kind in the world, is used to coat aluminum slats. This investment not only speeds up production fourfold, but also raises environmental protection levels by doing away with hexavalent chrome in cleaning.
weinor rolled out its patio roof product line
The weinor Terrazza glass patio roof distinguished itself through its elegant design and high level of resilience. Since 2003, the Terrazza family has grown considerably – for example in 2018, with the cubic Terrazza Pure and in 2020 with the timeless Terrazza Sempra.
Founding of Griesser
Anton Griesser buys a mill workshop in Aadorf and settles there as a young, self-employed craftsman with his wife, Marie Meier. Thanks to his never-tiring initiative, rolling shutters – which at this time were virtually unheard of – became more and more popular, both in Switzerland and abroad.