The company founders, Karl and Erna Wasilewski, indeed thought of cleanliness and hygiene at first, though not of cleaning and polishing cloths: The company was founded in 1928 as a domestic laundry in Hamburg-Altona. However an outlet for selling cleaning cloths was added on just nine years later and the first move occurred a little while later: Todendorf, a small community on the Hamburg-Lübeck motorway, became the new company home.
The first generation change happened in the 60s: Karl-Günter and Elisabeth Wasilewski took over business, concentrated the company concept entirely on modern hygiene and cellulose fibre cloths and founded NORDVLIES GmbH.
In 1981, the next generation came in the form of Andreas and Annegret Wasilewski, with interesting ideas for the further expansion of the company. In addition to the purely trade business, the company’s own assembly of cellulose fibre cloths and other products was expanded. Soon the space in the Todendorf company buildings was not enough.
Constructed and establishment of a new storage and office building commenced in 1988 on commercial property acquired in Bargteheide bei Hamburg. All NORDVLIES products manufactured in-house now bore the WIPEX registered trademark.
Additional company expansion and the resulting need for space prompted another move in October 2001. A 17,500 sqm-large industrial area at the site of a former spirits factory, also in Bargteheide, was acquired at the end of the 90s and was renovated and expanded. Today there is approx. 12,000 sqm of production, storage and office space here.
Björn and Torsten Wasilewski have led Nordvlies GmbH business activities as the fourth Wasilewski generation since October 2014. They will continue the business using old traditions paired with new ideas. Long-existing customer relationships and continued growth are the best arguments for the company’s policy: fairness and professionalism with tradition!