Heinrich Blanc from Oberderdingen had completed a commercial apprenticeship at Brettener Herdfabrik M.A. Lämmle. There, he came into contact with kitchen living spaces for the first time. Even back then, the young man had a vision of establishing his own company in Oberderdingen. Then came the First World War; Blanc was drafted and had to discard his plans.
1925 – DREAMS COME TRUE
Then came the big day: Heinrich Blanc and his business partner August Treffinger founded Blanc & Co Metallwarenfabrik Oberderdingen on April 1, 1925. After four years, Treffinger retired from the still young company. The first product manufactured was water troughs for coalfired ovens. From 1952, sinks made of stainless steel, Silgranit, and ceramic were added to the range.
At the same time as the company was founded in Oberderdingen in the Baden region, Karl Fischer founded his company 200 kilometers further south. His Schwarzwälder Zangenkontakt-Werkstätte was based in Upper Bavaria and manufactured installation material. Two years later, the inventive electrical engineer turned to electrical heat. He saw great opportunities in household electrification and therefore changed the company name to E.G.O. Elektro-Gerätebau GmbH Oberweiler.
The first appliances he produced were single and double cookers, as well as complete electric stoves and electric ovens for household and commercial use, including the heating and control components required for these electric appliances (switches and controls).
In 1931, a small postcard changed the life of 29-year-old Karl Fischer. The sender was Heinrich Blanc. How did this correspondence come about?
At the beginning of the year, Karl Fischer traveled around to introduce his vision of electric cooking to the Enzkreis region at the invitation of the local mayor. Oberderdingen Mayor Paul Burger seemed so fond of the industrious entrepreneur from southern Bavaria that he rang his friend Heinrich Blanc in the middle of the night.
We don’t know what the two gentlemen talked about at this late hour, but Heinrich Blanc recognized the potential of the new technology. On February 20, he had a postcard sent to Oberweiler: “We obtained your address from the Enzberg-Mühlhausen municipal association and would like to inquire whether you are producing heating elements for hot water storage tanks. If you produce these, our representative Mr. Blanc, who will be in the area next week anyway, would like to meet with you.”
Founders Karl Fischer (left) and Heinrich Blanc (right)
A quick decision
The next day, Karl Fischer sent his response to Oberderdingen. In a nutshell, he wrote: “We would like to take over the production of heating elements for hot water storage tanks. We therefore look forward to Mr. Blanc’s visit.“
A few days later, the first meeting of the two entrepreneurs took place. The conversation must have been impressive for both gentlemen. In the same year, the decision was taken to continue E.G.O. as a joint undertaking. The company relocated in September 1931, and eventually the “O” in E.G.O. no longer stood for Oberweiler but for Oberderdingen
So a late-night conversation and a few words on a postcard laid the foundation for a global player.
Dr. Johannes Haupt has been at the helm of the group since 2009. Initially as
both chairman of the management board of the E.G.O.-Group and the superordinate
Holding Company, and since 2019 as CEO of BLANC FISCHER Family Holding, which has become Management Holding Company.