One rough wish was not granted to ulrich spreen: when the stockheim-based company ASS decided to cut 21 jobs in october 2013, the union secretary of IG metall coburg hoped that this would at least help the company for furnishing systems to recover economically – and that no more jobs would be put at risk. Almost five years later the time has come again. "Due to the slump in orders in one of the business units, there will be adjustments at the personnel level", silke stegner, who is responsible for marketing, sales and human resources at ASS as a member of the management team, confirmed this to our editorial team when asked.
The number of jobs involved was not disclosed in the written response. According to FT information, however, the number of jobs to be cut will be between 40 and 50. It is unclear exactly which area of the business is affected. According to stegner, however, this area had suffered such high losses that they could not be compensated for by the gains made by the core areas in stockheim. Savings are therefore necessary, argues the family-owned company founded in 1937. The core business of educational furniture – i.E. Chairs, tables, blackboards or whiteboards for schools – is not affected. ASS is even planning an increase in sales in this division for fiscal year 2018 and also wants to focus more strongly on this in the future.