What exciting experiences will you remember when you retire at the end of the year?
Brigitte Heiden: The interplay in the delivery hall was and is definitely exciting: Either it becomes so empty that you have to worry that there will soon be no more material for production. At other times, mountains of material pile up there again because one truck after the other arrives, and we don't know where to put all the material. What I will definitely remember is a very special episode that was caused by a truck driver at our plant a few years ago: At that time, a truck was parked in front of the driveway the entire morning. When it was still there at noon, we knocked on the door and looked for the driver. Then we called the company, which also did not reach the driver. We were all worried and called the police. When the police arrived, the driver suddenly crawled out of his bunk and was completely asleep, wondering what was going on. Fortunately, he was only fast asleep.
Not only have you experienced episodes like this in the last decade, but you've also had three managing directors. What has changed in the process over time?
Brigitte Heiden: What is immediately noticeable is the fact that space is becoming less and less and it is getting tighter and tighter. There is constant investment and modernization. One noticeable change was definitely that the Müller-Guttenbrunn Group took over the plant completely in 2017. The American style before that took a little getting used to for a Mostviertel woman like me. At Müller-Guttenbrunn, you notice that people count much more than in a huge corporation. That gives you a lot of security!
You briefly mentioned your retirement earlier - it will be in December. What will you miss most then?
Brigitte Heiden: There may be people who are longing for retirement. I'm definitely not one of them; I've always enjoyed going to work. However, I will miss the regular daily routine and, above all, my work colleagues. I can hardly believe it's really that far already - all those years of work have passed so incredibly quickly.
But there are certainly a lot of things you'll be looking forward to...
Brigitte Heiden: Yes, of course - above all I'm looking forward to having more time for my two grandchildren. I also enjoy hiking in the mountains, love music and dancing, and five years ago I took up archery. Hopefully there will be more time for that as well as for rock concerts, lectures or interesting courses. Maybe I'll even take a balloon flight again, because I fulfilled that wish last year - and, as in life in general, it's exciting to see where the wind takes you. So I'm guaranteed not to suffer a pension shock, that's for sure!
Thank you very much for the interview. We wish you many more enjoyable months at work here at MGG Polymers and then all the best for your (un)retirement!