The family Buchsteiner
The fate of the family-owned company is always connected to their owners.
Johannes Buchsteiner (born in 1881) went to Geislingen/Steige to educate himself in different companies, after he got his qualification as a „cutlery maker“.
In 1910 he was able to make his dream come true and he founded his own crafts enterprise. 2 daughters and 2 sons grew up in his family.
After the First World War, a huge growth in the company began, and it lasted until the Second World War broke out.
Johannes Buchsteiner was a caring boss – the women who had a family were able to work as flexible as possible.
In 1930 he built a heated open-air bath for his employees and a working-class quarter with 14 housing units.
In a large export-exhibition in Stuttgart he was honoured as a successful pioneer in business.
Johannes Buchsteiner passed away in 1951, but he was able to live to see the 40th anniversary of his company. His sons, Hans and Hugo Buchsteiner continued to lead the company.
After the Second World War, there was a demand for expansion. The two brothers invested in buildings and facilities.
But finally the 2 brothers had different goals so they decided to split up and separate the company.
Hans Buchsteiner kept the main factory in Gingen.
In 1970 Hans Buchsteiner became ill and he passed away a few months later. He got married quite late and he left his wife and his 3 children.
Renate Buchsteiner continued to manage the company. The employees believed and trusted her.
The beginning was very hard. She had to deal with a lot of problems after the split up of the company.
But in the end it was worth it – Buchsteiner introduced creative products for the household on several fair trades that soon became top sellers.
Renate Buchsteiner was a role model for a lot of women. For a long time, she was the one and only woman in several functions.
After 42 years she decided to pass the position of CEO at Buchsteiner to the first non-family director.