After construction lasting just over a year, Gebrüder Weiss started up a new forwarding terminal during an official opening ceremony in Wels-Pernau on 16 May. In constructing the terminal, Gebrüder Weiss is moving the bulk of its activities in Upper Austria to one site and is creating synergies in terms of space and processes as a result. The central administration of Gebrüder Weiss is also relocating from Linz to Wels. “This allows us to concentrate all our logistics resources at one site and means we are optimally equipped to continue offering our customers innovative solutions which are tailored to their needs,” says Gerhard Füreder, Branch Manager GW Wels.
The existing site in Wels was expanded to include a state-of-the-art freight forwarding facility with around 9,300 m² of cargo handling area and a new office building offering 3,800 m² on three floors. The facility meets the highest technical and ecological requirements. The site itself also provides ample scope for expanding the total surface area of 126,000 m². The previous location in the Prinz Eugen Straße in Linz will continue to exist as a logistics centre.
Ideal transport hub
As well as being situated at the industrial axis of Linz, Marchtrenk and Wels and in close proximity to Linz-Hörsching airport, this site also offers a direct link to the motorway and to the Westbahnstrecke, the western line of the Austrian Federal Railway ÖBB. “In Wels, we have access to very good traffic infrastructure,” explains Reinhold Grasser, Regional Director North at Gebrüder Weiss. “We can get our transports onto the railways here in a sustainable and cost-effective way and make efficient use of combined transports.” Since October 2013, the Gebrüder Weiss block train ‘Orange Combi Cargo’ has also been stopping at the Wels site. That means it is possible for Gebrüder Weiss customers to use Wels in Upper Austria as a cargo handling site for rail transport in addition to Hall in Tyrol.
Gebrüder Weiss in Upper Austria has a long history
The two Gebrüder Weiss sites based in Upper Austria each look back on many years of history. Starting up as small branches in the 1940s in Wels and in the 1950s in Linz, the business operations have expanded greatly over the decades. Since 1972, Linz has had a freight forwarding facility which was relocated to the Prinz Eugen Straße in 1985. From 2005, the site in Wels has had its logistics space continually expanded. The opening of the new freight forwarding facility is now a further milestone in the history of Gebrüder Weiss in Upper Austria. Around 390 guests took part in the inaugural celebrations on Friday, 16 May 2014, including major customers and leading representatives from business and politics, including EU delegate Paul Rübig, Governor of Upper Austria Josef Pühringer and Mayor of Wels
Peter Koits. Supervisory Board Members Heidi and Paul Senger-Weiss as well as
Sylvia Krieger-Einem with husband Caspar Einem, CEO Wolfgang Niessner and Management Board Members Wolfram Senger-Weiss, Heinz Senger-Weiss and Peter Kloiber were some of the prominent guests.