The open day was held on the 15th September 2017 at the new 67,000 square metre site in Liesing with the motto “Come and see the fascinating world of Prangl”. There was a large celebration on the occasion of the opening of the new headquarters and to celebrate the 50th anniversary. More than a thousand visitors came to see the new company site and to marvel at the over-sized vehicles as well as trying their hand at operating a crane themselves.
Founded in 1965 by Josef Prangl, the evolution of the company started with the purchase of two cranes in 1967. Nowadays, Prangl is distinguished by flexibility, safety, precision project planning and expertise in consultation and service – and for many years, on the international market too. For space reasons the company has now returned to the country's capital, moving the company headquarters from Brunn am Gebirge in Lower Austria to the Liesing district of Vienna.
Within one and a half years the new headquarters was erected, the complete operation migrated from Lower Austria to Vienna and around 16,000 tons of machinery and materials shifted from the old site to Liesing. "My greatest praise is reserved for our employees who have managed this so professionally and with no problems", says Christian Prangl.
The opening of the headquarters and the anniversary combined to form a huge celebration. A selection of machines from our diverse product range was presented at the open day. The site was open to visitors all afternoon.
Alongside play stations for children, the guests could ride up to a height of 50 metres with a work platform or even operate a crane themselves. In addition, numerous cranes and vehicles from the comprehensive fleet were exhibited. The vehicles on show included a 99 metre erected 650 ton crawler crane, a 350 ton telescopic crane, a heavy duty transportation trailer extended to 59 metres, a 53 metre long liftable pipe adapter, a patented wing transportation device with a 56 metre long rotor blade that can be erected to 60° and a 1100 ton hydraulic gantry with a 300 ton telescopic crane hanging from it. A huge air cushion, a bouncy castle, a children's carousel, an original crane simulator and various photo opportunities provided fun for all and a great atmosphere.
The performance by "Die Granaten” [The Grenades] was a real highlight as they set the mood with rousing folk music, current pop songs and international hits. The MC for the day was none other than Andy Marek, the announcer for SK Rapid Wien. He effortlessly provided a great atmosphere throughout the whole afternoon and then stoked the excitement for the prize draw. At 6pm, the five tombola prizes were given out. The main prize was a Ford Fiesta Titanium worth more than € 17,000. In addition, there were two city flights within Europe, a Sony Playstation and two crane models to be won. The net proceeds enabled € 5,000 to be donated to the “Hilfsfonds Soziales Liesing” [Liesing social relief fund].
Around 4,000 guests came together in fine weather to celebrate the opening and the 50th anniversary of Prangl. “We are delighted that so many guests accepted our invitation and have come to help us inaugurate the new site. Here’s to the next successful years in Vienna!”, enthused Christian Prangl at the end of the event – delighted.