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QUALITY THROUGH TRADITION
In 2020, Rettenmeier Tatra Timber in Liptovský Hrádok, Slovak Republic started up a pellet plant with a capacity of 75,000 tonnes.
In 2019 rettenmeier® announced the construction of a new sawmill at the Wilbugstetten site with a cutting capacity of 1.2 million cbm.
rettenmeier® acquires an jaw sawmill from IKEA Group in Inčukalns, Latvia, thus increasing the cutting capacity in the group by an additional 300,000 cbm.
Cordes GmbH from Bremerhaven took over the rettenmeier® Group in January 2015. After the takeover, Rettenmeier Holding and all subsidiaries were to be continued in their current form as independent companies within the Cordes Group.
In 2007, the seventh operating company was set up in Ramstein/Rhineland-Palatinate and went into business in 2009.
In 1999, the firm's first Slovakian production site was set up at Liptovský Hrádok – Rettenmeier Tatra Timber.
The development of sites at Gaildorf in Baden-Württemberg and at Burgbernheim in Bavaria followed in 1996. This year also heralded the start of international operations with the takeover of a plant in Inčukalns, Latvia – Rettenmeier Baltic Timber.
In 1990, the company set the course for successful expansion with the takeover of a wood factory in Tannhausen/Württemberg and the construction of a new production plant in Hirschberg/Thuringia. Over the next few years the firm enjoyed dynamic growth, acquiring new sites and setting up factories.
In 1969, technical progress and subsequent industrialisation allowed important work processes to move from the great outdoors to workshops and production halls. The first workstations were set up at the central wood machining yard and the smallwood sawmill in Wilburgstetten, where the registered office of the Holding AG are located today.
In 1946, after qualifying in forestry and working for various forestry offices, Josef Rettenmeier moved into the timber industry. There he was employed by a pitwood trading company, responsible for organising the transport of timber from the east of Württemberg to the coal mines of Germany's Ruhrgebiet.
Johannes Deißler was the village mayor of Wört and passed away in 1925. Company founder Josef Rettenmeier was born in the same year. It is said of his grandfather that he was so overjoyed at the birth of his grandson that he erroneously put the date of birth down on the birth certificate as a day earlier: 16 March 1925.