In 1972, the company was in urgent need of larger premises in order to fulfil the high number of orders. Plant 2 was set up, meaning that Wanzl was able to process their full order books reliably and to the usual quality standards. But then, out of nowhere, the company’s Augsburg-based bank demanded that the building loan be repaid.
Shortly before the credit was approved, the bank director and his deputy turned up at Wanzl’s home. It was lunchtime, and Rudolf’s mother had just finished cooking; the whole family was sitting around the kitchen table. The family invited the two visitors to take a seat, and served them bread soup, and then mashed potatoes with crackling, onions and garlic. The loan was approved on the same day, and the company could breathe again.