It is the people who make a company strong.
The Thirties too, were greatly influenced by the economic upturn. Generator equipment from the STILL company had made a name for itself. The first unit, the Matador Light Station, supplied only 0.5 kW. Since then a model range based on it had been developed offering up to 1.5 kW. By 1933 generators of up to 10 kW had been developed, but this was still not enough. In the following year the first mobile units were being produced. From 1935 these became a permanent feature of the sales range.
STILL developed high quality machines which met the needs of the customers. This, however was not the only reason for continuous growth. Just as important were (and still are) its committed workers, its energy and its wealth of ideas.
Hans STILL, the founder of the firm, was aware of this fact. For him his workers were more than mere factors in production. They were joint-creators of the company's success.
In line with this insight it became a firm STILL tradition to take care of the work force and its interests. As early as 1934 the first company outings were being made and Christmas was celebrated communally. Further innovations followed in the next few years: in 1935 suggestions for improvements coming from the workforce were given awards for the first time. In addition the works medical service was organised and a works doctor provided. Three years later the first company sports groups were formed and today still remain a popular part of company activities.
Through the later years too, it was evident that contented employees were the basis of business success for the STILL company. In 1940 Hans STILL himself founded the registered "Hans STILL Emergency Aid society," which regularly distributed large sums to employees and following this tradition a company pension is paid out today. In 1941 a works library followed and from 1943 the company's own flats. Another point of emphasis in the fostering of employees is the education of trainees. With its own training centres set up, STILL was laying the foundation for the high level of education of the work force.