Jaeger awards the Johannes-Jaeger-Prize. 25,000 euros for outstanding support for young people.

“It is August 1924, and Johannes, known as “Johnny” Jaeger, is about to celebrate his 30th birthday next month. Three years ago, he ties the knot with “Mariechen”. The couple already has two offspring, Hans and Elisabeth, and daughter Maria is due to be born in August 1924. Seven more children are to follow.  Johnny is a simple farmer, but he has a feel for what is feasible. In view of his simple standard of living, he seeks a radical change: together with his brother Herrmann, he founds a start-up for narrow fabrics, a ribbon weaving mill. From field to manufacturer – the company “Gebrüder Jaeger” is born. Founded in 1924, destroyed in the hail of bombs in Ronsdorf in 1943, but rebuilt without pause. Resilient, determined and always moving forward …”

Why are we telling you this? Not to glorify the tough start-up years or to pat ourselves on the back for a solid foundation for growth, but:

  • Because we believe in the power of “just doing it”, without overthinking, with courage and a focus on opportunities. Our founder passed this on to us.
  • Because we believe in people’s ability to further their education, strengthen their strengths and develop a drive for their own playing field.
  • Because we want start-ups to be founded in the future that support and train young people in particular and challenge them to develop continuously.

To support this, Jaeger is awarding the “Johannes-Jaeger-Prize” to mark its 100th anniversary. The prize is endowed with a total of 25,000 euros and is divided into 15,000 euros for the main prize and 10,000 euros for the second prize.

Who can take part? Start-ups, organizations and associations within a 50 km radius of our company headquarters that have made a special contribution to the training, further education, promotion, integration and reintegration of young people into working life, preferably in medium-sized companies, in the last 2 – 3 years.

What is required? A brief description describing the organization, its purpose and achievements in the years 2022 – 2024. Also a justification of why you believe you deserve the award. Submissions are welcome by June 30, 2024 by e-mail to: johannes-jaeger-preis-2024@jaeger-ttc.com.

Our jury will award the prizes at the end of July 2024. The prizes will be presented on September 5, 2024 at Jaeger in Wuppertal. Participants agree to corresponding press publications. Legal recourse is excluded.

Take the chance and become a prize winner – just do it!

Tilman Jaeger: Thank you for 35 years.

As part of a long-term succession plan, Tilman Jaeger is retiring as Managing Director at the end of the year as planned. After studying business administration, he started as a controller in Wuppertal in 1988, followed by a period abroad in France. From 1994, Tilman was responsible for various business divisions and foreign branches as Managing Director and drove the expansion and growth of the company. True to the journalistic motto “Nothing but the truth” or “Tell it like it is”, he provided security, orientation and speed with plain language and a high level of commitment, thus consistently living the Jaeger vision claim “Protect. Strengthen. Innovate.”.

A surprise farewell party took place at the beginning of December at the #Visiodrom in Wuppertal and at Visitec at Jaeger attended by close employees, the shareholder family as well as long-term companions.

In addition to his many private activities, offices and tasks, Tilman will remain associated with the Jaeger family business as a shareholder and, from mid-2024, as a member of the Advisory Board.

The entire Jaeger team worldwide would like to thank Tilman for 35 wonderful, successful years and wish him good luck and enjoyment in everything that lies ahead.

Congratulations, Hans Schleuter.

Congratulations to our Head of Sales Construction Industry Germany Hans Schleuter, who is celebrating his 20th anniversary at Jaeger today. 🎉

In addition to his passion for sales, he cultivates other passions: be it on his extensive motorcycle tours on his BMW R 18 🏍, a long drive in the best weather in a convertible, his love of dogs or relaxing in the garden by the barbecue. The entire Jaeger team would like to thank you for the last few years and your great cooperation.