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100 years of BURG-WÄCHTER


November 25, 1920 marks the birth of BURG-WÄCHTER. Under the name F. Buhl & Co. the company is founded by Alfred Lüling and his uncle Ferdinand Buhl in Volmarstein. Before starting its own production, the company sells padlocks from Burg. In the 1920s, the company grows steadily. In 1927, the first company vehicle is purchased, a single-door Hanomak. With a top speed of 60 km/h, customers throughout Germany are supplied.



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The TSE (door lock electronics) division, which later also includes the secuENTRY series, is created. This means that door locks offer more convenience thanks to modern electronics. Because you can no longer lose, misplace or lend a key. Instead, the door to one's own four walls or office can be opened conveniently by code or fingerprint. In the course of German reunification, a distribution centre is opened in Bitterfeld as early as 1990. Later, Wismar is added as a production location. The premises in the old company headquarters become too small. In 1995, BURG-WÄCHTER moves into the new company headquarters (photo) and the new production facility. The company remains loyal to its headquarters in Wetter-Volmarstein.

from Patrick Depuhl

BURG-WÄCHTER - a story of "small" and "big" values

101 years ago. The great war was not long over. The consequences can be seen and felt everywhere. 40 countries and almost 70 million soldiers faced each other. - The end is a catastrophe and a redemption in one.
As if that were not enough, a virus strikes, the mother of all pandemics it will later be called: The Spanish flu sweeps across the world in 3 waves and leaves another 50 million dead.
The world is restless. Full of turmoil and uncertainty: bloodbath in front of the Reichstag. Kapppusch and Ruhraufstand with 50,000 gunmen.
At the same time, art also reawakens: blues is recorded on vinyl for the first time and the first jazz disc is released in Germany. Karl May is filmed (silently) for the first time and Zorro appears on the big screen.
At the foot of the castle hill of the Volmarstein castle ruin - the year is not quite over yet - Alfred decides to open up a new era: With a "tool of the future" - a lever-action screwdriver he starts his venture. Westphalian predecessors of padlocks have existed since 1750 - since 1890, with Friedrich Wilhelm, the BURG from the Ruhr Valley is at the start - and a Lüling at work. But from now on, in 1920, with Alfred Lüling, the castle is guarded: BURG-WÄCHTER.
The castle in sight, the castle in mind, almost Alfred finally decides to open up padlocks and decides to decipher the padlock as a showpiece. In 1922, it can be purchased for incredible prices ranging from 146.20 marks to 675.20. But admittedly: As a result of inflation, it rang more in the ear than it rang in the till. In the years that followed, the company grew not only in production, but also in sales: In 1927, the first company-owned car with solid rubber tires came into play in order to win orders.
In the 30s the next war starts and sales are temporarily stopped. - But when the horror is over, the company quickly develops further: in a basement room under the garage. And slowly the next generation comes into play: Alfred. Adalbert. Friedhelm. Names like poems. By the end of 1960, the company had about 100 employees, and when there was a need, the ladies from the office helped out on the milling machines. (I think this is still the case today - isn't it?)
But despite all the newness of the 60s, colorful advertising images for brass locks and a new lock headquarters in Meinerzhagen-Valbert, there are dark moments. First Alfred dies in 1960, then Alfred Junior, with only 39 years, in 1964. Again and again in the consciousness is - certain treasures can be protected - but life itself, lies in other hands. - The "small" values, the belongings, can be locked up. - The big values, the here and now and the coming, the eternal, life in itself, one must live out. The most precious things remain free - and at the same time priceless.
50 years of castle guards already exist. Here come the safes. And the most beautiful ones are reminiscent of a clunky telephone: They have a dial with a two-speed lock that includes 17,000,000 locking combinations; many a burglar will have thought to himself: No connection under this lock.

My first Burgwächter was a small blue cash box. Colorful and stylish. In the 60s they already looked like they do today. - But Burgwächter mailboxes. That's where the developers get their kicks. They are jewels on the house wall in the change of the time. Cast-iron letterboxes and plastic boxes. Beautifully simple like Cologne and Frankfurt, rounded like the Kiel "Soft-Line" or - let's say rather rustic-expressive models - like Vienna and Athens, Paris with "Napoleon hat" or the US mailbox with swiveling signal flag. - These are contemporary witnesses of, let's call it, "everyday art". - At the sight of many a mailbox pattern and design of bygone days, one wonders: How did they do that? - And the other wonders: Why? Why did they do that?
In 1984, a new generation of Lülings comes into play: Harald. Dietmar. Reinhard. It's hard to believe that this was 37 years ago - until you see the hairstyles. Then you realize at first glance that those were different times.
With reunification in 1990, the company is immediately on the road again throughout Germany with security for its values and Wurtstbrotbüffet in Bitterfeld - and soon producing in Wismar. And then it becomes more and more international: A good 25 years ago Romania. A good 15 years ago China, just under 10 years ago France and England.
The Lülings' next production team appears around the same time: Christopher, Gerrit and Lennart. And again they work side by side with the previous generation. As was the case when the company was founded in 1920, a pandemic comes into play for the centennial in 2020. The work continues, but the celebrations will have to wait a bit.
The big picture of 100 plus 1 years shows what's changing and what's staying the same. It is becoming increasingly international and more electronic, more digital. With fingerprints, transponders and smartwatches. The question that needs to be asked again and again is: What can be concluded and how, in order to shape the future securely. And perhaps also: In the 5th generation, will there perhaps not be a boss's chair, but a boss's chair for the first time?
At the same time, we know that locks only exist because the world is not perfect.
In the kingdom of heaven, there is only one key. Peter gets it from Jesus with the words: "To you I will give the key that unlocks the new reality of God." (Bible translation: The Book - Matthew 16:19)
Indeed. The treasures worthy of protection cannot be unlocked, but only unlocked. Exact openness unlocks life values such as wealth of ideas, a treasure of knowledge or imagination.
The key to a good life is being open: Being open-minded.
Gratitude to life, to the people around us and I believe also gratitude to the other person who holds the keys of our life in his hands. Thank God for life. For colorfulness and for mailboxes. For roots and home, family and the people around us who do us good and well. For Christmas, your birthday - and today also for 101 castle-safe years.
It's just a pity that the lord of the castle in Volmarstein, at that time, probably only had a bodyguard, but no BURG GUARD. Then we would certainly still have a castle today - and not just a ruin.