After 32 years in management, including 26 years at the helm of Brandenburg’s largest slaughterhouse, Vion is bidding farewell to its long-standing Managing Director in Perleberg, Klaus Voigt, who is retiring.
Following his studies in Göttingen and subsequent trainee programme at Centralgenossenschaft Hannover (CG) at the end of the 1980s, Klaus Voigt initially worked there as a livestock buyer before the agricultural engineering graduate took on the role of special representative of the company for the new federal states in 1990.
When CG merged with Nordfleisch in 1991, the native of Lower Saxony also moved to the newly formed Norddeutsche Fleischzentrale GmbH (NFZ) as Purchasing Manager, which transferred him to the management of the pig slaughterhouse in Perleberg in January 1996. The slaughtering and processing of livestock has a tradition of over 100 years in the district town of Perleberg, which is being continued with the new building at the Quitzow site. In 1993, the business activities were transferred from the old to the new plant and, with an initial workforce of 130, achieved a production volume of up to 500,000 slaughter pigs per year.
Following the takeover of NFZ by Vion Klaus Voigt became Managing Director of Vion Perleberg GmbH in 2008 and, together with his team, was able to expand the plant’s capacity to 1.45 million slaughtered animals per year over the following years.
“With Klaus Voigt, we are bidding farewell to an unparalleled expert in the industry who has not only contributed to our Perleberg site with his expertise, but also with his impressive passion – for the company and its Brandenburg site – over three decades,” says Philippe Thomas, COO Germany. “Until his departure from the operational business in autumn last year and since then as a consultant to our company, Klaus Voigt has rendered outstanding services to Vion, as a convinced Brandenburg resident by choice, to ‘his’ Perleberg site. With this in mind, we would like to thank him for his successful work and outstanding commitment, which will always remain a role model and benchmark for us”.