In the year 1900 Ing. Johann Zirl joined a foundry located in Graz, Karlauergürtel 29, which had been in existence since 1889, and so he set up the company which has been owned by his family for three generations.
In Zirl’s family trade and the spirit of entrepreneurship were a tradition. In the long line of ancestors one will find masters of tin casting as well as manufacturers of porcelain (Persch Porzellan), but also a great man who made a real difference to our world: the Protestant Reformer Martin Luther. DDI Hans Zirl is his descendant in the thirteenth generation.
In 1921 the foundry was set up on the grounds of Graz, Alte Poststraße 391, where production was continued until the foundry was closed down in 1992.
In 1921 the foundry was built on the area of Alte-Post-Straße 391.
At this location, the foundry produced until its closing in 1992.
As the only son, Herbert Zirl entered his father’s company already in 1928. He led it successfully through the war years and post-war years and, after a period of recovery, was also successful with the production of manhole covers and ingot moulds for steel plants.
Even today, manhole covers made by the ZIRLGUSS Company can still be found in numerous Austrian towns and villages.
As the manager of the company Herbert Zirl was a man of great authority and professional competence; as a business partner he was held in high esteem for his respectability and handshake quality.
These qualities were passed on to Herbert Zirl’s son and successor DDI Hans Zirl, who, as the eldest son of the family, entered his father’s business after graduating from the Montanuniversität Leoben and successfully completing his studies of economy at the University of Munich. Hans Zirl joined the company as a qualified foundry expert and took over the management of the business after his father’s retirement. He modernised the business by introducing the electric melting procedure and, to a large extent, switched production over to steel casting.
In 1989 DDI Hans Zirl had the pleasure to celebrate the centenary of his family’s foundry.
However, the political opening of the East led to increasing competition from the former Eastern bloc countries and to a dramatic drop in prices.
DDI Hans Zirl recognized that the days of his manufacturing business were over. He decided to close down his foundry and, for the time being, obtain the products which his customers required from Eastern countries with low-wage economy, later on also from countries like Turkey, China and India.
Due to his great experience, his profound knowledge, his careful and all-time attention and his constant on-the-spot presence wherever it is necessary, Hans Zirl’s business has become a much appreciated and reliable partner of both producers and consumers of foundry products all over Europe and worldwide.
Paying tribute to the spirit of modern times, DDI Hans Zirl decided to take one more innovative step:
He moved his company ZIRLGUSS to a modern office building, which meets all technical requirements, in Graz, Triesterstraße 367. Moreover, he has increased his team to ensure that the values of tradition and experience are combined with all the requirements of a modern high-tech business.
The highly motivated team of the company ensures that every order is treated with specialist knowledge, constantly looked after and carried out perfectly.
Casting experts who work for ZIRLGUSS on the spot in the respective manufacturing countries ensure that the „Supply Chain“ runs smoothly and to the full satisfaction of the customers.