It’s not common to find a family owned and run businesses in its fourth generation. We are one such business – and proud of it.
Only those who actively confront change and put sustainability at the top of the agenda can achieve such a long tradition. For us, this means thinking long term and reaching agreements that focus on the future. In the end, we want to continue adding new chapters to our company’s history and to leave a successful company behind for future generations of owners and employees.
Take a look around: we are surrounded by chemicals, day after day and step by step. And yet the more chemicals are used to ensure our lives are healthy, happy and comfortable, the more important it becomes to handle the individual substances with a sense of responsibly.
As a wholesaler, we assume our part of this responsibility by delivering only the best quality to our customers. Our high quality standards and the preventive measures we implement each day reduce the chance of errors and incidents to a minimum.
But we are also conscious of our responsibilities that extend beyond delivery. As certified waste management specialists, we ensure proper disposal or recycling of used chemicals.
As a company, we can contribute to a healthy environment even in small ways. In April 2019, three bee colonies – named the StauBEEs and the SilBEEs – made their home on our plant premises in Gablingen.
Depending on the weather, the hard-working insects collect nectar from spring to autumn, all the while performing a remarkable feat: whizzing around our location at about 20 km/h to collect nectar from up to 1,000 blossoms every day. Inside the beehive, they transform the nectar into honey through multiple steps – natural chemistry at its finest, you might say.
The bees are our way of helping the environment. But this project not only benefits nature – social and charitable organizations at our three locations also profit from it. Proceeds from the sale of the honey is doubled at the end of the season by STAUB & CO. – SILBERMANN and donated to alternating organizations.
is a laboratory bee with all her heart and soul. She works in quality assurance with exacting precision and is uncompromising when it comes to quality. Only the best is good enough for her, so she pays close attention to ensuring everything is as it should be. She uses her charm and wit to wrap her colleagues around her little finger and gets even the disorderly ones among them to follow the rules.
is a clever bee who works as a scout in the field service. He is in his element out in the market, at the center of all the action. He knows the market and has a keen sense for good deals. He approaches every day with enthusiasm, in line with the “roll up your sleeves and get stuck in” philosophy.
StauBEE and SilBEE are two bees from the BrainyBEE hive. They have swarmed out in search for new sources of pollen and nectar, and have found a beautiful new home in Gablingen. Between tall trees, with a picturesque view of green fields and meadows, they have made their home in three multifamily dwellings.
The BrainyBEEs are an enormous family that sticks together through thick and thin. They all rely on one another. They are a hardworking hive that keeps on producing from morning until night. The large family is highly specialized and produces only one product: honey. Sweet, golden honey – in food-grade quality, of course. After all, the bees want to eat this delicious stuff.
To make their honey, the bees are kept busy with various tasks. Scout bees, for example, look for places to feed. StauBEE can always be found right at the front. After all, he is the one with the eagle eyes.
Once they have found an “all you can eat” restaurant, they send the field workers there. These fly tirelessly from flower to flower, gather pollen and nectar, and bring it all home to the hive. The activity around the bee hives is not unlike Munich Airport. Luckily, the BrainyBEEs already have their third runway!
The hive workers also have a wide range of responsibilities: While some of them ensure an optimal climate, the others look after the hive nursery or train the junior workers. And the builder bees have their hands full with keeping the hive shipshape as well as with making it bigger.
One of the most important tasks, however, is processing the nectar brought home by the field workers. The production process is laborious and is performed by the simplest of means: The worker bees pass the nectar from one proboscis to another, until it finally arrives in the honey cells. To outsiders, a honeycomb may look like pure chaos, but in reality the bees work with the utmost precision. They move the honey several times, until the end product has the desired consistency and storage life. When SilBEE in quality assurance gives the green light, the lid goes on and is sealed shut. That’s another job for the builder bees.
The BrainyBEEs are seasonal workers. Since their production system is highly weather-dependent, they labor away like champs from spring to autumn. When the days get shorter and the temperature drops – that is, when it gets unlivable outside – the bees power down their production. They spend most of their time in the hive until they eventually stop flying altogether. At this time of year there is nowhere for them to feed and their wings are at risk of freezing.
The bees live on their stored supplies during the winter. But on the first warm days of spring, the BrainyBEEs start to venture out again. What’s more, they will need to restock their empty honey supply. And in keeping with “the circle of life,” they carry on doing what they do best: making sweet, golden honey.