Final milestone: Inauguration of the new Doemens building
“Doemens 2020” is a unique, ambitious and future-oriented project that has a great impact on the national and international beverage industry. After more than two years of construction and one year occupying the new building at Lohenstraße 3 in Gräfelfing, the final milestone of this unique project was reached on September 12th, 2022 with a festive inauguration. Numerous high-ranking representatives from politics, business and the beverage industry as well as supporters of the new building attended the festive ceremony.
Doemens’ new building project has a long history that goes back to the 1990s. For example, a 1.5 m wide poster documents the initial plans for a new facility at that time. Finally, with the help of the municipality of Gräfelfing, the 5300 square metre property at Lohenstraße 3 in Gräfelfing was acquired and notarised in December 2016.
After the development plan was approved, the building permit granted and the funding strategy ratified, construction planning and tenders could begin. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in June 2019, the foundation stone was laid in February 2020, and the building was occupied at the end of September 2021. With the new building – representing an investment volume of 29 million euros, a milestone was set in the over 100-year history of Doemens. Doemens is thus making another important contribution to the education and training of qualified specialists for the brewing, beverage and food industries.
After nearly a year of operation in the new facility, Doemens Managing Director Dr. Werner Gloßner shared the following impressions at the inauguration: “Working in the new building feels really good, as we now have the space we need, the technical equipment we always imagined and we are very sure that this will be a soild foundation for the next decades.
Deputy Minister President and Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger confirmed the support of the new building project by the Free State of Bavaria: “The Doemens Academy has played a major role in the success and quality of Bavarian beer. Countless breweries and beverage producers rely on the expertise of its graduates. The new and ultra-modern training centre in Gräfelfing also stands for first-class qualification and the close interlinking of theory and practice. Our financial support is therefore in good hands here. I would like to thank all employees who are so energetically committed to vocational training and further education at Doemens.”
At the inauguration, it quickly became clear to the more than 200 guests that the new location adds great value and endless possibilities to the region. At various stations throughout the building, the practical training, professional development possibilities and philosophy of our institution were made clear, including tastings and practical laboratory demonstrations.
Doemens President Georg Schneider was visibly proud of what had been achieved during the visitors’ tour and thanked the Doemens team as well as those responsible for the construction for their commitment, reliability and professionalism. He also showed his appreciation for the generous support by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Education and by the beverage industry. He adds: “I am happy for our industry that we have managed to highlight the importance of our economic sector with this new training centre. With our new building, Doemens now has the best prerequisites to remain a guarantor for excellent, practice-oriented training and further education!”