WE WILL MISS HIM
Rotek mourns the death of Paul Hasselbach, the founder of our former company, who passed away peacefully on 24 June 2018 surrounded by his family after a fulfilled life.
Paul Hasselbach was born in 1933 and started training as a motor winder at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven in 1948. Later he continued his training to become an electrical engineering master tradesman.
Also previously self-employed, he founded the company Hasselbach & Kausch Elektrokleinmotoren in 1984. He began to build motors that he himself developed in a small vacant workshop. The first two employees joined him in 1986. With great diligence and expertise he built up the business in Bremerhaven and produced a varied range of synchronous motors and gearboxes.
In 1998 he moved with seven production employees into a building constructed in 1927 on the site of a former military airport in the north of Bremerhaven. A visit to the company was made two years later because Paul Hasselbach wanted to reduce his workload for health reasons. Within an hour, a handshake sealed the transfer of business ownership. Since 2000 we have continued to run the company under the ROTEK name.
Paul Hasselbach is one of the men behind the present-day success of Rotek. He laid the technical foundations, built the machines and continuously refurbished them. His favourite place was his workbench and he was still on hand to offer support and advice many years after the transfer of business ownership. We are very grateful to him for this.
We were able to share many celebrations together, whether 15 years of Rotek Motoren on 4 February 2015 or synchronous motor production in Bremerhaven since 10 July 1984. He always attended if he could and we valued him as a modest, hard-working and funny man.
It is with deep affinity that we say goodbye to a warm-hearted and sincere person. We will honour his memory forever and we extend our condolences to his family.