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The energy transition pioneer WEB Windenergie AG in Austria’s Waldviertel region knows a thing or two about construction sites. This time, however, W.E.B will not build a new wind farm but instead expand its own corporate headquarters in Pfaffenschlag in the district of Waidhofen an der Thaya. In the presence of numerous guests of honor with Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner of the Federal Province of Lower Austria, Mayor Willibald Pollak, CEO Frank Dumeier and CFO Michael Trcka leading the way, today’s kick-off event officially sounded the bell for the office expansion.
“W.E.B is deeply passionate about renewable energy, wind energy, photovoltaics, electromobility, and innovation. You can feel it whenever you get in touch with their employees, the Board of Directors or the Supervisory Board,” as the governor mentioned in her speech. “This company is embedded in the region and yet active internationally. W.E.B is a global player with economic success not only in Austria but also in Germany, France, Canada, and the United States of America. It’s a wonderful thing to have such a company in our region,” she continued.
“The fact that this company invests in Pfaffenschlag underlines the attractive quality of the Waldviertel region and Lower Austria,” so Mikl-Leitner. Among the key projects for the future of the Waldviertel region are the broadband initiative and the highway project “Europa-Spange” to improve the region’s transport infrastructure, as the governor explained.
W.E.B CEO Frank Dumeier presented the new project and emphasized the company’s regional connection: “W.E.B is an internationally growing company that promotes renewable energy in seven countries on two continents. We are proud that our company’s growth requires us to expand the headquarters of the W.E.B Group and to create new and highly qualified jobs in the Waldviertel region.”
W.E.B has always been instrumental in the energy transition of Pfaffenschlag near Waidhofen an der Thaya since its foundation 24 years ago. Its headquarters have been located at the current site since 2007, with the number of employees in the corporate group growing from 26 to 140. As international growth will continue to assume a key role in the plans of W.E.B, the company is already providing for the future by creating up to 40 new office workspaces and a cafeteria in the new addition to the building. Needless to say, climate protection is an essential ingredient in all expansion plans, as impressively underlined by all the photovoltaic modules and energy storage units in the façade and on the roof. As an energy transition pioneer, W.E.B has set itself the goal of producing and consuming electricity as regionally as possible. With overall project costs amounting to approximately EUR 1.7 million, the employees of W.E.B will move into their new offices as early as May 2019.