|Gmelich + Söhne GmbH
||The SOLITair stock program will be prepared.|
||New machines will be acquired: staking machine, measuring machine, setting out machine.|
||New dying drums and splitting machine
Mr. Volker Nagel (leader of the disposal) will be appoint to the business manager.
||Initiation of the new toggle dryer and the new finishing line.|
||The new beamhouse begins to operate.|
||Along with the company's 75th anniversary ground is broken for a new beamhouse in the industrial park.|
||The product selection is expanded by various leathers for sports and hiking shoes.|
||Construction starts for a new shaving facility.|
||The new dyeing facility and wastewater treatment plant start up, along with a chromium recycling station at the existing beamhouse.|
||Hermann Zerhusen (61) passes away. His son, Patrick Zerhusen, joins the company as production manager.|
||Construction of a new leather dyeing facility and a wastewater treatment plant.|
||Expansion of the finishing plant and construction of a rawhide storage facility.v|
||A new leather finishing plant is constructed at the outskirts of Großbottwar. It opens in time for the company's 50th anniversary in 1973.|
||Hugo Gmelich, the last founding partner, passes away at the age of 66 years.
Sigrid Zerhusen, Hugo Gmelich's daughter, married since 1955 to master tanner Hermann Zerhusen, takes over management together with her husband. Lasting supply partnerships with the furniture industry are developed.
||During the first postwar years production is completely changed. Hugo Gmelich invests in a chrome tannery, such expanding the manufacturing program to include leathers for the garment industry. Initially the company produces split and nappa leathers from cattle hides. Soon overall sales include increasing shares of upholstery leathers due to growing demand in that field.|
||Company founder Otto Gmelich (67) passes away. His son Robert dies one year later at the age of 40.c|
||The first shoe upper leather is tanned.|
||The merchant Otto Gmelich and his sons, Hugo and Robert, are founding "Gmelich + Söhne" in Großbottwar.
A factory is built immediately following the company's inception. The property was made available by the tanner Carl Gmelich, Otto's father, adjacent to his own tannery and leather store.
The initial production program consists of various leathers, like heel and sole leathers for the shoe industry.