Locational Advantages

There are many reasons to join the Steuler team. Apart from the interesting and exciting jobs on offer in an international business group, it's above all the attractive locations that tempt people to settle down in the region. Whether you choose the Westerwald, the Enz District, Bremen or Central Saxony - welcome to your new home!

Westerwald district (Höhr-Grenzhausen, Siershahn, Mogendorf und Breitscheid sites)

Location and Size

Set in the north of Rhineland-Palatinate between Cologne, Frankfurt and Koblenz, the Westerwald district is 988.73 km² in size and home to just under 200,000 inhabitants.

Life and Living

If you decide to settle in the Westerwald region, besides the stunning countryside, you'll find the cost of living to be optimal too. Compared to the nearby cities and population centres, property prices and rents are significantly below the average price per square metre.
You'll find charming properties are up for sale in the various communities. In many cases, there are subsidy programmes available to promote the upkeep of village centres and restore houses. This makes it easy for even young families to realise their dream of home ownership.

Family and Education

The Westerwald district offers families an appealing living environment and is continually working to make the conditions even more family friendly. Childcare facilities are especially important when it comes to achieving a healthy work/life balance. The number of options in the Westerwald is impressive - many places offer all-day care to make sure youngsters are optimally provided for. The wide range of free nurseries and all the educational institutions in the Westerwald are shown on this interactive map.
When it comes to education, the infrastructure in the so-called "rural areas" has not just caught up with the metropolitan areas over the past few decades, but in many regions is now on a par with them. The Westerwald offers its citizens the full gamut of educational opportunities. These range from primary schools to universities, from extracurricular activities, music and sports clubs to vocational training and adult education. 

Transport Connections

The Westerwald is connected to the national and international long-distance rail network via the high-speed ICE station at Montabaur on the high-speed Cologne-Rhine/Main railway line. The ICE connects with Frankfurt Airport and Frankfurt’s primary station in the south-east. Travelling in the opposite direction, you can reach Siegburg/Bonn, Cologne and Brussels within just a short time.
The motorways A3 (Cologne-Frankfurt/Main) and A48 (Trier-Koblenz-Montabaur) run through the district. The district is also well connected by a number of trunk roads enabling commuters to quickly reach their destinations.

Economy

An increasing number of Westerwald-based companies have succeeded in positioning themselves among the best of the national and international competition. Based on the nominal gross domestic product, the Westerwald district is one of the strongest economic districts in Rhineland-Palatinate. The town of Montabaur and the Community of Wallmerod have the highest per capita purchasing power in the district and lie above the national average.

The State of Bremen (Bremen und Bremerhaven sites)

Location and Size

The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen in the north-west of Germany is one of three city states and simultaneously the eleventh biggest city and smallest state in Germany. The second city in the two-city state in Lower Saxony is Bremerhaven, which lies 53 km to the north. The State of Bremen covers a surface area of 419.39 km² and is home to 660,000 inhabitants.

Life and Living

Bremen is the green city of the north. The northern suburbs are characterised by their proximity to the Weser river and the rural countryside of Lower Saxony. Those who like a more lively and colourful atmosphere head into the so-called "Viertel" or quarter. This is primarily inhabited by young and creative people living between pubs and boutique shops in the period buildings typical of Bremen. Whether you prefer hustle and bustle or peace and quiet, Bremen has a neighbourhood to suit all tastes. Shopping within walking distance in all quarters, over 2,800 hectares of parkland and a diverse cultural programme make life in Bremen even more pleasant.

Family and Education

Family life is considered to be very important in Bremen.  The "Bremer Bündnis für Familien" (Family Alliance) collates the numerous activities offered by different initiatives and organisations for families. Childcare services can be found in the Bremer Kinderbetreuungs-Kompass, which lists nurseries and other daycare facilities. The Bremer Familienstadtplan (family city map) provides an overview of counselling services and activities for families, e.g. children's playgrounds and cultural programmes.
Around 35,000 people study in Bremen, approximately 20,000 of them at the public university. This was honoured in 2012 by the Excellency Initiative with the highly endowed "future concept" line of funding. The private English-language Jacobs University was inaugurated in 2001 and its campus is located just 500 metres from the Norddeutsche Steingut AG site. The University of Bremerhaven (the university by the sea) has around 3,200 students and focuses on the fields of science and technology. The educational system has also seen some changes. The "inclusion policy" initiated a major reform of the Bremen school system with the aim of giving more children and teenagers the opportunity to attain the highest educational level possible. 

Transport Connections

Bremen is easy to reach by all modes of transport, including car, bus, rail and air. The Bremer Kreuz (motorway intersection) is an important hub joining the A27 Cuxhaven-Bremerhaven-Hannover with the A1 Hamburg-Osnabrück-Rheinland motorways. Bremen is also connected to East Frisia and Groningen in the Netherlands by the A28 motorway. The railway station is centrally located and just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. The Bremerhaven city centre can be reached in just a few minutes by public transport too. Bremen is the only German city which has an international airport as little as ten minutes away from the centre.

Economy

The city of Bremen has over 350 high-tech companies in the Technology Park, making it the fifth-largest industrial centre in Germany. Products "made in Bremen", such as chocolate, coffee, fish and cars, can be found throughout Europe. With an export quota of 55.7 per cent, Bremen was the number-1 exporter amongst the German states in 2015.
One of the best-known companies based in Bremen is Mercedes-Benz, who have a major plant there. Other major companies have settled in the Hanseatic city too, primarily in the automotive, maritime industries, logistics and aerospace sectors. These include Airbus, the BLG Logistics Group, Arcelor Mittal and Atlas Elektronik. Big players in the food and drinks industry include Anheuser-Busch InBev (Beck's), Mondelez, FRoSTA and Bremer HACHEZ Chocolade.
Many innovative companies from the cultural and creative industries are also based in Bremen. The top hotspots include the Überseestadt, the Stephaniviertel and the Ostertorviertel.
In recent years, Bremen has established itself as a successful business hub with a focus on science, industry and world trade.

Enz district (Mühlacker site)

Location and Size

The Enz district belongs to the Northern Black Forest region and lies within the administrative district of Karlsruhe. It almost completely surrounds the municipal district of Pforzheim, which lies in the centre of the area, like a ring open at the bottom. It covers an area of 573.68 km².

Life and Living

The up-and-coming Northern Black Forest region is a centre of commerce and industry with a high quality of life. The beauty of the landscape, the many delightful spa and resort towns and the Black Forest nature reserve, all set within in an important industrial region, give rise to the high recreational value for which the Northern Black Forest is famous.

The special appeal of the Enz district is a consequence of four different landscapes, which in terms of their richness and variety are hard to beat. Rolling hills, densely wooded heights, broad valleys, fields, meadows and vineyards set the tone. On the other side, juniper bushes, sloes and hawthorn hedges criss-cross a barren landscape, blanketing it in pure white in the spring time. The Northern Black Forest welcomes visitors with dense forests of fir trees interspersed with glades and is the ideal place to leave behind the stress and hustle and bustle of everyday life and draw new strength in the resin-scented air.

Family and Education

Modern vocational training centres that focus on commerce and industry, the Pforzheim University of Design, Technology and Business together with renowned vocational and further education institutes cater to the next generation of professionals and provide for life-long learning opportunities. Its proximity to the state capital, Stuttgart, and the fan-shaped city of Karlsruhe, with their universities, technical colleges and vocational academies, important institutes and federal and state authorities, offers many additional benefits too.
463 wonderful attractions and a plethora of leisure activities guarantee fun and entertainment for the whole family. These include barefoot parks, rope courses and the Maulbronn Monastery, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. 

Transport Connections

The direct connection to the A8 motorway via four junctions, a dense network of well-developed local roads and the B10, B35, B294 and B463 trunk roads provide for excellent transport connections. The Enz district is well connected by rail, with direct connections to Karlsruhe and Stuttgart as well as to the Northern Black Forest and to the major German cities via the IC or ICE network. Added to this is the close proximity to Stuttgart and Karlsruhe airports and a top-notch local public transportation network.

Economy

As a place of business, the Enz district's central location offers obvious benefits, opportunities and possibilities. Being located between the metropolitan centres of Karlsruhe and Stuttgart means quick access to European markets too.
The economy of the Northern Black Forest regions is dominated by medium-sized enterprises. Economic activity is characterised by modern industries with a global reach. The industrial hub lies in the northern part of the region. The city of Pforzheim is the regional economic centre and the heart of the German jewellery and watch-making industry.

In the past, the Northern Black Forest region has recorded the fifth-highest increase in population in terms of percentage of all 97 regions in Germany. The population has grown by almost 100,000 in the last 20 years or so.

The manufacturing sector is characterised by its diversity, modern technologies and a strong focus on exports. Trading firms make up a significant proportion of the high-performance service sector.

Central Saxony (Leisnig site)

Location and Size

Central Saxony comprises 21 towns and 32 municipalities in the middle of the "Drei-Städte-Eck" triangle formed by Leipzig, Dresden and Chemnitz. It is the second-largest district in Saxony, with over 300,000 inhabitants and covering a surface area of around 2,116 km².

Life and Living

Central Saxony is a rural residential area with meadows and forests, innumerable historical towns and a diverse cultural programme.

Those moving or returning to the region will find favourable conditions for renting or building. The average rental price is around five euros per square metre. Potential house builders can get advice from the local authority on what subsidies are available. As a rural development area, the district has a budget for subsidising such projects funded by the EU, German government and the German states.

The varied landscape provides ample opportunities for sporting and leisure activities of all kinds. The Mulde bike path cuts through the region and in winter the Erzgebirge hills are an El Dorado for winter sport fans, with well-prepared pistes and cross-country trails. For those yearning for the big city lights, Dresden and Leipzig are just 30 - 45 minutes away by car.

Family and Education

Central Saxony is one of the top 25 regions in Germany when it comes to reconciling family and working life (PROGNOS 2013). A dense network of vocational training institutes, schools and day care facilities makes it possible to achieve the goal of having both children AND a career.
There is a wide selection of childcare facilities for children ranging from nine weeks to primary school leaving age. With long opening hours, plenty of space for playing and learning and high standards of quality, Central Saxony's nurseries and day care centres offer parents and their children a wide range of options.
When it comes to education, the district has 129 general-education schools, 13 vocational training facilities and two universities, the Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg and the Hochschule Mittweida (FH) for further and higher education. You can get an overview of the schools in Central Saxony by visiting the Saxony school server.

The Nestbau-Zentrale Central Saxony is useful if you have questions about nurseries and schools in the area. 

Transport Connections

The three motorways A4, A14 and A72 and nine other trunk roads make getting from A to B by car a breeze. The regional railway network is well developed too and the inter-city railway stations of Dresden, Riesa, Elsterwerda and Leipzig are quick to get to. For those travelling to more distant destinations, the nearby airports of Leipzig/Halle and Dresden can be conveniently reached by car.

Economy

Cutting-edge technology and craftsmanship. Over 13,000 companies are the drivers of prosperity and growth in this economically strong region. Thanks to high levels of investment, a large number of engineering and technology-focused manufacturing companies have set up shop in the over 80 industrial estates. The metalworking sector is the most strongly represented, with 40 per cent of the businesses involved in mechanical engineering, the automotive industry or apparatus and equipment manufacturing. There are also highly specialised companies in the laser and semiconductor technology, paper and textiles industry as well as renewable energies that contribute to the economic might of Central Saxony.
 
  • Working in a medium-size enterprise that's so central and close to major transport routes and yet still located in the rural Westerwald area has a lot of attractive benefits for someone with a family.
    Alberto Matos, with Steuler since 2007
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