Furnace Builder “Rohde” to Enter Childrens Daycare Industry

Our light hearted, human interest story for this month features furnace builder Rohde Schutzgasöfen GmbH of Hanau, Germany. It would appear that the company has founded a children’s daycare center by the name of “ViKo Kids“, the press release below tells us how they were honored to recieve a visit by some very important people in Hanau. Rohde is best known for retort style furnaces and salt reclamations systems.

Lord Mayor, Mayor and Head of Child Care Department of Hanau visit new daycare facility ViKo Kids

The newly founded day care center for children ‘ViKo Kids’ in Hanau was the target of a visit by Lord Mayor Claus Kaminsky, Mayor Axel Weiss-Thiel and the head of the Child Care Department Astrid Weiermann. “At the moment, every new childcare place is needed and the private commitment of the Rohde family is very much to be supported,” the city representatives agreed during the visit.

When a planned company daycare center in the own premises of the company “Rohde Schutzgasöfen GmbH in the industrial park Am Lamboywald could not be realized, alternatives were sought together with the business development department of the city of Hanau and initially also found in the district of Lamboy.

Unfortunately, the project then stalled during the Corona pandemic, so Jörn and Natasha Rohde looked around for other properties. They found a suitable house in Richard-Wagner-Strasse and immediately began implementing the project, which was completed in just under four months. “This was only possible thanks to the support of all the municipal offices involved and many dedicated craftsmen’s companies,” emphasizes the Rohde couple. “That’s actually a record time,” confirms Astrid Weiermann, “because it usually takes much longer to convert a daycare center.”

The independent non-profit organization Rohde-Kids gUG operates the “ViKo Kids” facility, which is named after the two sons Vincent and Konstantin. In the one-group facility, 12 children aged one to three years can be cared for all day from 7 am to 5 pm.  The Rohde family has oriented itself to the opening hours of the municipal daycare centers in order to be able to offer working parents and single parents in particular a reliable childcare alternative. The facility is, of course, available to Hanau children citywide. “Now we just need to fill the rooms with children just as quickly,” says the mayor appreciatively. “The pre-registration lists are already full, so that shouldn’t be a problem,” adds the mayor.

As owners of the medium-sized family business Rohde Schutzgasöfen GmbH, Natasha and Jörn Rohde want to use the daycare center to make their contribution to reconciling family and career. In the picture next to us we see Lord Mayor of Hanau Claus Kaminsky, on the right Astrid Weiermann Head of Child Care Department Hanau, right front Axel Weiss-Thiel Mayor of Hanau.“

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