New headquarters in the us for even more customer proximity
As of October 1, 2015, Schubert’s activities in the United States and Canada are being coordinated from the Group’s new North American headquarters. Schubert Packaging Systems (SPS) in Dallas, Texas, and Schubert Packaging Automation (SPA) in Toronto, Canada, will be kept as service hubs and, in the case of SPA, also as a sales office for Canada. The new headquarters in the Eastern United States are closer to most customers, while the additional locations in Texas and Toronto ensure the best possible service for customers in the entire North American market. Charlotte has a very well developed infrastructure and the new location enables a better connection to both Germany and Canada.
Fritz Kipfer, who was previously Schubert’s Managing Director in Canada, is now heading up Schubert North America. Johannes Schubert, Gerald Schubert’s son and grandson of the company’s founder Gerhard Schubert, is supporting Fritz Kipfer. In addition, members from all of Schubert’s subsidiaries are on-site at the new headquarters, including Schubert-Pharma and Schubert’s IPS engineering unit.
Achieving success through perseverance
Fritz Kipfer started working as an independent sales agent for Western Canada and the Northwestern United States – areas far away from all industries. “It was very hard in the beginning,” recalls Kipfer. “But Gerhard and Sigi kept telling me not to give up. Their confidence was very motivating and still today, it gives me a great feeling of security. The fact that I am now moving to Charlotte to take over responsibility for Schubert North America, is a result of this confidence.”
At the time, Kipfer had convinced the Schuberts on serving the Canadian market from a centralized Toronto location. And this was how, in April 2006, SPA, Schubert’s subsidiary for Canada, was founded in Toronto.
Gradually the team grew, and many nationalities were represented. Several employees from the early days are still working at SPA. “Everyone has their own approach to serving our customers,” says Kipfer. “A German sales representative like Daniel Traub goes to a customer appointment with a clear goal in mind, whereas Giorgio Calorio – who is of Italian origin – sometimes meets his customers over lunch. But all of them are successful in their own way.”