After last year's flood disaster, the automotive supplier ZF will relocate its production facility within the Ahrweiler district in the north of Rhineland-Palatinate. The move from the heavily damaged plant in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler to a new building in the Brohltal industrial area near Niederzissen will take place in 2024, the company announced on Tuesday. Around 280 employees are affected.
The mayor of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Guido Orthen (CDU), called the move "a bad signal for the entire Ahr Valley". For the employees, he is nevertheless happy "that a relatively close location was found in Niederzissen and a location in the Ahrweiler district at that".
The Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of Labor Alexander Schweitzer said: "With today's decision and the planned construction of a state-of-the-art plant, the company is reaffirming its trust in the location and securing the future of highly qualified jobs in the Ahrweiler region." The works council, the IG Metall trade union and the ZF management had "made a decision for a future location in constructive discussions, which at the same time reflects the interests of the employees," praised the SPD politician.