- Friedrich Jobst, founder of the company, was born on 22 July 1910 in Dresden
- He went to the Elbaue vocational college, the Sachsenwerk Niedersedlitz factory school, from 1925 to 1929 and completed his training as a mechanic there.
- Hard times followed, dominated by high unemployment, which meant new challenges time and time again.
A tinkerer with a spirit of inventiveness
- In 1941, he gained the title of "Precision engineer" from the "Städtischen Technikerschule" [City Technical College] in Dresden.
- In 1942 he submitted an "image capture device" to ZEISS IKON AG. DRESDEN as an invention proposal, which was accepted 1 year later.
- Thanks to his talent for creating new things and rethinking and improving work processes he blended seamlessly into the generation of German innovation.
- Immediately after the end of the Second World War, on 8 May 1945, Fritz Jobst registered a business and, on 29 May 1945, received official authorisation for the collection of metal and the salvage and refurbishment of machines in the entire old town district of Dresden.
- In 1950 he visited the Leipzig Trade Fair and an industry exhibition in West Berlin where he procured brochures and technical documents for the construction of automatic lathes.
Fritz Jobst's first automatic lathe
- He designed and manufactured his first automatic lathe using these documents.
In September 1951, after a successful test run, the foundations could be laid for more automatic machines.
Successful introduction to special machine building
- Thanks to this success, word quickly got around in the GDR that Fritz Jobst developed and built machines.
- Enquiries and orders for special machines followed from all across the GDR. Turned micro parts and screws were produced in-house, primarily for the camera industry, for ZEISS IKON, among others.
- As a result of constant reprisals from the state, self-employed individuals were denied an existence in the GDR. This prompted the Jobst family to make a hasty escape to West Berlin in 1957.
New start in Schwäbisch Gmünd – Waldstetten
- In July 1958 they moved to Schwäbisch Gmünd on their own initiative. Fritz Jobst, who was 48 at this time, was too old to be an engineer and was unemployable as a metalworker because he was overqualified.
- New start in April 1959, in rented space in Waldstetten with partially rented, old machines, as a supplier for the automotive industry.
- Own company premises with residential building in Bettringen-Lindenfeld
- In 1973, at his own cost, he developed a new pivoting system with water hydraulics which he registered for patent approval.
- He also tackled products from other areas.
The sudden death of Fritz Jobst
- Just when the plans for a new building were on the table, our "boss" Fritz Jobst suddenly died on 28 April 1987. He, at 77 years old, was still working in his own company right up to that point.
His wife Herta, who always stood by her husband and stuck with him through thick and thin throughout his lifetime, carried the company forward together with their son Ekkehard (33).
As a master mechanic, having grown up in his father's company, he had acquired the necessary tools to do so.
The new company building
- As managing director, Ekkehard Jobst was suddenly confronted with the task of taking over the business. Thanks to his technical and business skills, with perseverance and hard work - just like his father - he was able to successfully lead the company forward
- Completion of the new company building in Gügling. With administration, CNC-controlled machines, state-of-the-art machinery, and all this in a light, friendly atmosphere.
Continuation of a successful range of products
- Ekkehard Jobst overcame all difficulties thanks to an iron will and determination.
Market-oriented and innovative
- Ekkehard Jobst invested a lot in new products and the publicity measures required for this.
- An ever more important aspect here was, and continues to be, the ability to react quickly to changes in the market, price-consciously and with innovation.
Now more than ever, Jobst, as a small but excellent company, is in constant competition with the "major players" both nationally and internationally.
Our most loyal employees
- Our company philosophy is based not on "a new broom sweeps better", but on very specific technical knowledge and the experience which has grown from years of cooperation, as well as personal commitment and the desire to actively participate in the company's success.
The fundamental right to a say in all new developments for all of our generally long-standing employees is a matter of course for us
- This is demonstrated in particular by our employee Ms Ursula Klepke, who has now been employed by the company for 35 years…
- …and Mr Günter Hinderer, who has been loyal to the company for 26 years.