Klass-Gessmann

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History

Johann Klass

The history begins…

Johann Klass, established in 1877, was a carpenter. Settled in the Reutlinger Wilhelm-street, he was producing high-quality handicraft equipment. The business, meanwhile under the son's Gotthold Klass management, resettled to the Reutlinger south railway station and was turned into an Embroidery Hoop factory. After the World War II, the existing know-how was used for the production of lampshades.

20th century…Gutthodl

The grandson of Johann Klass, also named Gotthold, didn't want to keep all options any longer open and concentrated again on the framework-production. The headquarters was moved to Pfullingen in 1982. As the company Gessmann in 1993, another embroidery hoop manufacturer in Heilbronn was closed down, the customer database and the know-how were taken over by Klass, and the Reutlinger business continued under the name Klass & Gessmann.

Wilhelm Klass

In 1995, Erich-Michael Klass ,fourth geneartion of the family , took over the management of the business.In 1997 , Susanne's , high quality wooden knitting needles brand , in 1999 , Holzlil , tools and hardware brand was added to company’s brands. All 3 brands were brought together under the main-brand “ Klass & Gessmann “.

21st century…

In July 2005, the business was sold to Mr. Mahmut Abdullahoglu to its present owner. All brand-rights and the company name were continued with the tradition and the know-how. Today, the business obtains a turnover of about 1,5 million Euro. The export-share is appr. 50 percent. As well as the distribution of the high quality handicraft equipments , company provides %100 customer satsifaction by producing the OEM inquiries.

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