HB-Therm builds new headquarters in St.Gallen

HB-Therm develops and produces its tempering units exclusively in St.Gallen. To date, the company is represented at four different locations there. Now it is investing 60 million Swiss francs and is concentrating all departments into a new headquarters.

The new headquarters of HB-Therm will be built in St.Gallen-Winkeln.
The new headquarters of HB-Therm will be built in St.Gallen-Winkeln. Image credit : Felt pen via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.5)

According to an article by the “Tagblatt” HB-Therm is the “world’s leading manufacturer of tempering units for the plastics processing industry”. With 150 employees, it produces products exclusively in St.Gallen that are sold in over 50 countries. The various departments are located there in four buildings surrounding St.Fiden railway station. This will change with the new headquarters in St.Gallen-Winkeln. HB-Therm is investing 60 million Swiss francs into the new building; the ground-breaking ceremony took place recently.

However, the new building will not just bring the departments under one roof, it will also increase HB-Therm’s production capacities. Of the employees, 100 work in St.Gallen, but in future there will be space for 200 positions. After the move, which is planned to take place in 2023, optimized processes are then to be facilitated in future. When choosing the location, it was always clear that HB-Therm would stay in St.Gallen. “We feel very comfortable here, so here we will stay,” says CEO Reto Zürcher, who also emphasized that the company would build “the future” with the new headquarters. This is underlined by pursuing the Minergie standard for sustainable construction, a solar energy system with peak power of 300 kilowatts, and charging stations for electric vehicles.

Samuel Zuberbühler, Head of St.Gallen Location Promotion, commented that this commitment to a future in St.Gallen was “a strong signal for the economic and working location”. He is further quoted in the “Tagblatt” saying that he is delighted “that jobs are being maintained and even created”.

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