Risse Glas – a company with history
Fritz Risse (great-grandfather to today’s Managing Director) founded Risse, a painters and decorators business in Tünsberg in Oestereiden.
Marriage with M. Romstadt; the marriage resulted in 9 children, of which 3 sons took up the family business.
The ‘Zu den Birken 11’ farmstead was rebuilt with stalls, barns and a painter’s studio. The painting business was run hand in hand with farming. Some ‘older inhabitants of Oestereiden’ can still remember how Fritz Risse visited and made deliveries to his customers with horse and cart.
During the war, business had to carry on out of necessity. Two sons died as a result of the war.
After the war ended, the son Friedrich Risse took on the management of the company.
Friedrich Risse died, aged 54 years. His widow, Bernhardine Risse, together with Manfred, their 18 year old son (who as it was then, was not yet of age), continued to manage the business.
Manfred Risse expanded the painter’s business into glazing. The outlying farmyard buildings were turned into workshops. Manfred established his first contacts with the furniture industry. Manufacturing of lead glazing and arched panes. In time, insulation glass was also processed.
Manfred turned the sole proprietorship into a company with limited liability. The company expanded. Increased orders for insulation glass meant that the company had to expand. Hall 1 was built.
Hall 1 was expanded with an extension. Subsequently the range was expanded to include cast resin composite glass, sand blasting technology and the milling of glass.
The office area was expanded to feature a showroom.
Hall 1 was expanded yet again with another extension. A computer controlled cutting machine was introduced and the part-automated manufacturing of insulation glass took place.
A new building was constructed at Dusternweg 6 as an additional production space. The production of insulation glass was relocated there and modern computer controlled manufacturing plant was installed. As a partner to ‘Flachglas Markenkreis’, Manfred Risse GmbH manufactures all types of insulation glass that is on the market.
Construction of a new showroom building opposite the main works in ‘Zu den Birken’.
Through an extension to the production site in ‘am Dusternweg’, the flat glass warehouse was expanded considerably. As such, all types of functional glass are in stock.
Following the death of the senior manager Manfred Risse, Risse Glas is still run as a family business by Sabine Bracht and Martin Böger.
Risse Glas currently employs 75 members of staff. Today, the main building and the outlying buildings accommodate the administration offices, as well as the production facility (where high-quality full pane house door infills are made), the area where glass is milled and the area for finishing / glass-related crafts.