Heinz Ferchau founded an engineering office for factory design 50 years ago in Gummersbach in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. He couldn’t make a living just from his old employer’s contracts and the businesses in that part of western Germany. So his Ferchau Construction firm in the Bergisches Land region started taking on projects from all around the country.
Mr. Ferchau was soon setting up branches close to his customers. His employees took a burden off the client companies, particularly when the firms had a surge in orders. In 2003, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder relaxed laws on temporary employment. Mr. Ferchau’s 51-year-old son says that change had a profound effect on the company.
“That resulted in a dramatic boost for our services,” said Frank Ferchau.