Company News, 2008-05-18, 03:00 PM
ThyssenKrupp Stainless to donate stainless steel kitchen to a good cause:“Anna Haag Mehrgenerationenhaus” in Stuttgart is the chosen beneficiary
The stainless steel kitchen will be in use at the ThyssenKrupp Ideas Park until May 25. In hall 4 of the Stuttgart Exhibition Center, young visitors to the “stainless cooking” interactive kitchen exhibit will have the opportunity e.g. to help German TV chef Christian Henze prepare, cook and then eat various dishes, mainly specialties from the region. After the event, ThyssenKrupp Stainless is donating the kitchen to a good cause. Once this was made known, more than 50 charitable organizations, church institutions, schools and kindergartens from the Stuttgart area expressed an interest in the stainless steel kitchen. Eventually the “Anna Haag Mehrgenerationenhaus”, a social institution in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, was chosen as the beneficiary.
“Given the large number of applications we received, reflecting the great needs of many social organizations and the human stories frequently behind them, making a decision was no easy task. But the intergenerational concept of the “Anna-Haag-Haus” and especially the shortage of facilities for young women with learning disabilities were convincing arguments,” said Klaus-Peter Hennig, Chief Human Resources Officer at ThyssenKrupp Stainless, during the symbolic handing-over of the donation at the ThyssenKrupp Ideas Park today: “ThyssenKrupp Stainless also attaches great importance to different generations living and in particular working together against the background of demographic change and to the training of young women.”
Worth around 30,000 euros, the stainless steel kitchen includes six meters of base cabinets and nine high cabinets. The appliances (dishwasher, oven, refrigerator etc.) have been sponsored by the companies Siemens, Blanco and Franke, and the kitchen utensils by WMF. “This is a real stroke of luck for us,” said Jörg Schnatterer, director of the intergenerational institution, which includes a senior citizens’ center, a day care center for children and a training facility for young people with learning disabilities. “We urgently need a new kitchen in the young women’s residential area, and like many other institutions we depend on donations. Without such support from businesses, our work with our day visitors and residents, from children to senior citizens, would not be possible,” said Schnatterer today during the symbolic hand-over of the stainless steel kitchen on the exhibit booth in hall 4.
The ThyssenKrupp Ideas Park offers families, children and young adults the opportunity to marvel at fascinating technology, put questions to experts as well as carry out experiments themselves and learn. Admission is free. Covering an area of 40,000 square meters at the Stuttgart Exhibition Center, the Ideas Park aims to raise enthusiasm for technology and encourage young people to take up technical careers or study engineering subjects. At the Ideas Park 2008, some 500 engineers, researchers and students will be presenting their own ideas and displaying the very latest technologies. 200 exhibits, many of them interactive, will invite visitors to find out about technology and try it out for themselves. Visitors will embark on a journey of discovery through seven life-worlds. ThyssenKrupp Stainless AG, which brings together the stainless steel activities of the ThyssenKrupp Group, will also have several exhibits at the Ideas Park, including the “stainless cooking” interactive kitchen.