André Otto

I’m proud to work here.

André Otto has been working for Viessmann for almost 30 years and has traveled through the material warehouses from east to west from Dresden to Allendorf (Eder). This means frequent commuting for the man attached to his home region of Saxony, but it is worth it.

André Otto used to work in Nuremberg, now his workplace is in Allendorf (Eder) in northern Hesse. But he is always drawn back home. To the gentle landscape of Saxon Switzerland in the Eastern Ore Mountains. There, the 850-soul Obercarsdorf is lost in reverie, a district of the town of Dippoldiswalde, situated halfway between Dresden and the Czech border on highway 170. His two grandchildren live there. Reason enough to commute at least twice a month. André Otto needs five hours for the 460-kilometer journey. But to him it’s worth it: “I’m Saxon. And I want to be buried in Saxony some day.” Because of his great love for his homeland, everyone just calls him: Otto the Saxon.

During the week, he has a room in Röddenau, a district of the community Frankenberg, and works in plant I, where all the boilers are manufactured. André makes sure that production keeps running. As a Logistics driver, he is responsible for material replenishment, the indispensable link in the supply of materials for final assembly. André is the interface. Without him, nothing works. And his colleagues know: you can rely on the Saxon.

Workhorse in the regional warehouse

Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, André started working in the Viessmann warehouse in Dresden. When this closed in 2004, he moved to the regional warehouse at the Nuremberg branch in Lauf an der Pegnitz. “I was order picking around the clock,” he says, “working in shifts.” André is a workhorse. A man of strength. He says: “For me, Viessmann is the best company there is.” He has never been let down. He always feels appreciated. And he knows: this is not a given these days. “I’m proud to work here.”

Employees should help shape the future

But André has no existential worries. He’s experienced too much. Hard knocks, but also high points. For example, when he was elected to the works council. It felt great to enjoy the confidence of the staff. “Being voted for by 1500 people makes you proud.” On the works council, he has his finger on the pulse of the company. So, he can tell his colleagues how everyday life at the company is changing. “Lots of things are now organized via our Vi2Go app – our time sheet, for example. But also the menu for the company restaurant.”

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