A different wind was blowing on Sunday where otherwise excavators are constantly at work and construction workers are installing lines at dizzying heights.
Instead of strong men in work clothes, there were men and women shaking hands and talking excitedly, as well as families with children playing with balloon animals such as ponies and dogs.
With its new building in Mills River, RAUMEDIC AG is not only creating over 50 jobs starting January 1, 2016 but also has brought a new tradition from Germany to the US. On Sunday it celebrated a topping out ceremony with its future employees. Under bright sunshine and a white and blue sky, young and old enjoyed a company family barbecue.
The ceremony, which traditionally occurs after the roof truss is completed and expresses gratitude for the work of the crews involved, was RAUMEDIC’s first American company party.
CEO Martin Bayer took the opportunity to thank Tom Suitt, Senior Vice President of THS, as the representative of the crews and workers for the professional work done so far and wished everyone a safe conclusion without accidents.
The tradition of the topping out ceremony is related to the harvest festival and American Thanksgiving as a look back on what has been accomplished and an expression of gratitude for it. Thanksgiving also commemorates the safe landing in the new world. And that is exactly what RAUMEDIC needs: a safe landing in America. “We at RAUMEDIC need this solidarity, regardless of who we are or where we come from, to ensure the success of our Mills River project,” said Martin Bayer his short speech to the guests.
"Here accrues a building, in which plastic products are developed, manufactured and sold for the medical and pharmaceutical industry. Products for restoring the health and saving lives of human beings!"
The 20 million dollar project mirrors RAUMEDIC’s established German technology in the US. Production is already set to begin in January 2016.