On Saturday, June 3, 2023, the golden pyramid in Altenburg, Germany, opened its doors and gates. The open day, long awaited by many visitors, took place this year in the context of a very special occasion: OKM's 25th Anniversary.
The Anniversary Celebration was a Great Success
Even before the official program kicked off, visitors took the opportunity to take their first photos in front of the pyramid and to examine the company's beautifully landscaped garden. At the OKM info, interested visitors found out more about the company, the adventure treasure hunting and, of course, acquired the coveted tickets for the guided tours.
Already last year, numerous visitors flocked to explore the striking company headquarters and finally uncover the secret of what is hidden inside the golden glass pyramid. This year, too, curiosity did not abate – quite the opposite: According to estimates, more than 1,000 interested visitors celebrated OKM's anniversary and took a look behind the scenes of the company.
The anniversary event was officially opened by OKM Managing Director Stephan A. Grund with a ceremonial address. In this speech, he acknowledged the great milestones that the company has been able to set so far and directed his special thanks to its current as well as former employees. In addition, the numerous visitors on the day of the celebration once again confirmed that it is impossible to imagine the city of Altenburg without OKM. OKM takes the overwhelming reception as motivation to continue to consolidate its role as an internationally active company and employer in the region in the future.
Congratulations on the 25th Anniversary
After the ceremonial opening speech and welcoming of all guests and visitors, Uwe Melzer, District Administrator of the Altenburger Land District, congratulated. In his speech, he emphasized on the one hand the visual highlight that OKM offers with its impressive company building in Altenburg. On the other hand, he praised the technological innovations that the company distributes and uses globally. High-tech manufactured in Altenburg by employees from the region, that is what OKM and the Altenburg region can be proud of.
Of course, also André Neumann, Mayor of the City of Altenburg, congratulated on the occasion of the 25th anniversary. Like his previous speaker, he emphasized with appreciation that OKM as a "global player" is nevertheless rooted in Altenburg and also remains here. Looking at the golden pyramid, he recalled its construction 12 years ago and appreciated the investments made in the company and for the region. The result of this commitment, as visitors to the anniversary celebration were able to find out, is not only an imposing building, but an innovative company with a great future. The mayor took this opportunity to promote the topic of company succession in the Altenburg region.
In addition, business partners surprised with congratulations, flowers and gifts.
Thank you again at this point for your appreciation!
Discover the Secret of the Pyramid
It was during the guided tours of the pyramid, when most of the visitors became aware of what was hidden inside: OKM manufactures detectors, from development and construction to final assembly. Mounting the stairs to the higher floors offered a view from the gallery into the foyer and finally led to the top, which overwhelmed with a view of Altenburg as well as the beautifully landscaped garden. Back in the foyer, an exhibition of the OKM's first and current detectors awaited visitors.
Treasure Hunting Workshops on the Test Field
On the test fields, our metal detector experts introduced visitors into the adventure of treasure hunting and offered tips and tricks for professionals as well as those who want to become detectorists. Children were also invited to become a junior prospector and to search for treasures in the test field. If that was too exciting, visitors were invited to cool off with a few jumps in the bouncy castle or with an ice cream.
Special Guest: Natural History Museum
With the Altenburg Museum of Natural History Mauritianum, OKM acquired a special partner at its side: Geologist Lutz Gebhardt amazed with his enormous knowledge of the subsurface, the area that treasure hunters have to deal with in many variations when recovering their finds. Various minerals and materials such as silver and meteorite could be tested with a detector and examined in detail under the microscope.
Actions and Attractions for Young and Old
In addition to BBQ and refreshing drinks, the mobile ice cream truck also attracted visitors with delicious cooling. Visitors and guests were served coffee and cake by the students of grade 11 of the Christian Spalatin Highschool Altenburg.
Those who purposefully made their way past the ice cream truck, were able to compete in a goal wall shooting contest with the Sportsclub SV Aufbau Altenburg e.V. Great prizes awaited the top scorers in all age groups. There were also small prizes for those who were still practicing. The local health insurance company also trumped with the fitness factor and offered further information about the nationwide campaign Bike to work.
Many thanks to all partners for their active support that made our anniversary celebration an overwhelming success.
Photos: © Peter Schubert | OKM GmbH