Mainka supports “EmslandTalent“

Ceremonial handover of the certificate to our scholarship holder

On August 2nd 2021, the award ceremony for the certificates of the EmslandTalents scholarship program took place. A total of 23 talents from the Emsland region have been supported since March 2021 based on their achievements in their studies as well as their volutary work.

All students with a personal connection to the region who are studying outside oft the Emsland region in one oft he sponsored courses of study were eligible to apply.

We already met our scholarship holder Alexandra, who is currently studying civil engineering in Oldenburg, in June during a tour through our new administration building. However, the award ceremony provided another opportunity to exchange ideas and talk about possible perspectives. 

Trainee start 2021!

The work starts…on the construction sites and in the office

On August 2nd, 2021 we welcomed 15 new colleagues.

In Lingen, two trainees started as civil engineering specialists, one trainee as construction equipment operator, four industrial clerks, one trainee as warehouse logistics specialist, two trainees as IT specialists for system integration and one dual student training to become a road builder. We are also pleased to welcome three trainees as building construction specialists and one apprentice as civil engineering specialist in Gelsenkirchen.

It's great to see you in #teammainka

25 more years of Mainka culture

Congratulations on the anniversary, Dr. Andreas Mainka

Since August 1st 1996, Dr Andreas Mainka has been shaping the existing mainka culture as managing partner in the third generation.

After he already got a little surprise home on the anniversary day itself, which was on a Sunday, we were able to congrutulate him personally on Monday for the 25th anniversary. With bratwurst, french fries and ice cream we were able to celebrate a little bit with the staff in best weather conditions at the “Mainkarpfenteich“

Happy Anniversary, we look forward to many more succesful years.   

Being helpful in Heimerzheim

Manpower and machines to help flood victims

On July 22, 2021 five of our collagues headed for NRW. With their manpower, two wheel loaders, two wheel excavators and one dumper they start helping the inhabitants of the small town Heimerzheim (Commune Swisstal, Rhein Sieg district) by doing clean up work after the dramatic flood there.

The focus was on cleaning the roads to make them passable. A citizens' initiative took over the coordination to help the municipality. So we were able to effectively help cleaning Heimerzheim with our machines.

Ceremonial handover of the 50th Liebherr machine

Long standing, trustfull partnership

Handing over the 50th Liebherr Machine was celebrated on July 14, 2021 at our Headquarter. Rudolf Arnold, Managing Director of Sales of Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH, took the delivery oft he 50th Liebherr machine aswell as our 125th company anniversary an an oppertunity to present a Liebherr bevarge refrigerator in a custom design. The refrigerator is illustrated with the 50th machine oft the company Liebherr, it´s the wheeled excavator A 916 Litronic infront of our new Headquarter in Lingen.

In total, we are investing in 17 new Liebherr excavators, which will be delieverd before the end of 2021.

Thank you for the special present we´re looking forward to many more years of trusting partnership.


Architecture Day

Open doors at Mainka

The Day of Architecture took place in Lower saxony and Bremen on Sunday, June 27, 2021. 130 facilities at 55 locations could be seen: Architecture, interior design and landscape architecture could be expired, architects were available for discussions and guided tours, as well as builders.

Our administration building was one oft the selected edifice. During the planning phase, significant importance was attached to acoustic elements in order to be able to implement the already lived „principle of open doors“ in a structural way as well. Despite the many glass elements and the absence of doors, the result is a quiet working atmospere.

For more informations about the event and the guided tours which took place here, visit:


Day of the children's Hospice work

"Let's light Germany up green"

The German Children's Hospice Association initiates the "Day of Children's Hospice Work" every year on February 10. On this day of remembrance, nationwide attention is to be drawn to the situation of young people with life-shortening illnesses. Here in Lingen, the Löwenherz Children's Hospice called for "Let's light Germany up green!" As a result, the facades of numerous buildings shone in green light during the evening hours. A ribbon of lights of solidarity, so to say.

We say "thank you" to everyone who supports sick children and their families even in these times.

1st place at the Evonik Partner Award

Exemplary safety performance at the Essen site

For an outstanding safety performance in 2020, we were awarded 1st place in the Partner Award in Essen on February 3, 2021. Cooperation and execution of work are judged from the point of view of occupational safety.

The aim of the "Safety at Evonik" cempetition is to raise even greater awareness of occupational safety. The Group awards one occupational safety prize per site each year to raise awareness among partner companies and motivate them to contribute to an even deeper common understanding of occupational safety and health protection at each site.

Congratulations to the local team!

Welcome, Bock

More power for the asphalt sector

Since Ferbruary 1, 2021, the company, which has been active in road construction and civil engineering since 1958, has been part of the Mainka family of companies.

The company Bock focuses on the rehabilitation of damaged areas, the creation of construction and commercial areas as well as smaller asphalt work in the area of federal, state and district roads.

After the managing director Heinrich Bock could not transfer the company within the family due to a lack of succession, he decided to sell the company. We were able to convince him that he would continue the company as an independent enterprise. This means: Bock remains Bock; location, customers and also the field of activity remain.

We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues and wish them every success!

Together against Corona

Voluntary and preventive Corona test among around 800 employees

The first item on the to-do list of all colleagues was to take part in the voluntary and preventive Corona test on January 6 and 7, 2021. At this point, a big thank you goes to all the aid organizations, such as DLRG Lingen and Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Ortsverein Lingen, for their active support. In order to avoid crowds, tests were carried out in Lingen and Gelsenkirchen in three test lines. Testing also took place in Cologne and Brunsbüttel. A total of around 800 employees were tested. Thanks for this preventive measure, we were able to start the new year with a safe feeling.

Management strengthened

Mainka adds two members to the management board

Ingo Sperber and Andre Volkmer join Dr. Andreas Mainka, Werner Molde and Andreas Schmidt on the management board since January 1, 2021. Both have been with the company for many years.

We wish Ingo Sperber and Andre Volkmer a successful start.

Mainka supports scholarship holders

Official presentation of the certificate of the scholarship program “EmslandTalents”

The scholarship program „EmslandTalents – Scholarship of the region“ is made for students who study outside of the Emsland and have personal connections to the region.

As we are founders of the program, we received the students in participation of Mechtild Weßling, the director of the trade association, on 18 november at our administration building because the award ceremony of the trade association Emsland with approximately 200 people in march unfortunately had to be cancelled.

While officially handing out the certificates we could get to know the students of the civil engineering. Using that situation we could get in exchange with them as well.

For both, the students and us as benefactor, the scholarship program is a benefit. 

It is accomplished – we moved in!

Moving into our new administration building at Darmer Esch

In company of joyful anticipation, cake and confetti we have moved into our new administration building on 9 november 2020. In comparison to the open foyer area on all oft he three storeys on the inside, the building fascinated with a glass facade when regarding it from the outside on the eastern and western site. The foyer areas on the floors will be central receiving offices for our clients.

The already lived „open door culture“ has now also been implemented structurally. With the renunciation of doors in large parts, modern rooms for meetings, copying and breaks have been created. This rooms are central stations and offer space for further communication and exchange.

To many good moments in the new administration building!

A quarter of a century near Mainka

Congratulations to your anniversary, Andreas Schmidt!

Andreas Schmidt has been a member of Team Mainka since 16 october 1995.

We were able to congratulate him to his 25th anniversary on 16 october 2020. After several years of beeing an authorized sigatory, Andreas Schmidt took over the commercial management in 2008.

Even though we could only celebrate the anniversary in a small circle because of the pandemic, the whole staff celebrated him in their thoughts and handed him a small video message.

Team Mainka wishes all the best fort he anniversary and looks forward to many more years of working together.

Award fort he best IHK professionals

Completion of training with top marks

Our dual student was honored on 4 october 2020 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Osnabrück – Emsland Grafschaft Bentheim for his graduation. He achieved top marks as a concrete and reinforced concrete builder in the region Grafschaft Bentheim and Emsland and was even honored as the best in the state of Lower Saxony.

Great respect and congratulations, Malte!

Opening of our new facility in Osnabrück

On the road of success from Ems to Hase

Our new facility in Osnabrück has been accessible since August 2020. With good access of the office building to the A30 we can reach our customers quickly in the region of Osnabrück.

We wish all colleagues in Osnabrück every success on the new premises!

Trainees starting in 2020!

Fresh motivated in the second half of the year!

On 3rd August 2020 we welcomed 18 new colleagues. Six trainees in civil and underground construction with a focus on road construction, two trainees in construction equipment operation, two trainees in surface construction, four industrial management trainees, one trainee for IT systems integration.

Furthermore we are pleased to welcome our first dual student working toward a qualification in reinforced concrete construction at our facility in Cologne and one trainee for office management at our facility in Gelsenkirchen.

We wish our new colleagues a great start into their training years with exciting and educational experiences and, above all, an enjoyable time on the #teammainka.


Evonik Partner Award for Mainka

Exemplary safety performance in Essen

For our outstanding safety performance in 2019, we earned 2nd place in the Partner Awards in Essen on 20 February 2020. The competition judges cooperation and execution of construction work from a safety perspective.

The aim of the competition entitled “Sicherheit bei Evonik” (Safety at Evonik) is to draw greater attention to work safety, as health protection and safety are Evonik’s top priorities — which also extend to external partners. The group awards a work safety prize each year at each location in order to sensitize partner firms about the issue, and to motivate them to contribute to an even deeper common understanding of work safety and health protection at every one of their locations.

We say “Thank you” for the award and look forward to our continued successful cooperation.

German Work Safety Prize 2019

Winner in the “Strategic” category

Since 05 November 2019, we have been proud to call ourselves “Winner of the German Work Safety Prize 2019”. In June of 2019, we were one of three enterprises nominated in this category for our commitment to “work safety as a corporate philosophy”, and we won. Our widely established safety consciousness with optimum qualifications and training protects the health of all employees. Our success: For years, our accident statistics have been well below the industry average. We are pleased that our corporate philosophy was acknowledged and proudly accepted the award.

The jury’s conclusion: "Work safety as the cornerstone of a caring culture in an industry with traditionally high rates of accidents.”

Photo: DASP/Stefan Floss    (from left) Dr. Andreas Mainka (Managing Partner), Henning Rolfes (QHSE Department), presenter Peer-Oliver Villwock (Head of sub-department "Safety and Health at Work", Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs)     


After-Work-Party 2019

Congratulations to our employees celebrating anniversaries in 2019!

On 29 August 2019, we had our annual After Work Party for administrative employees. As every year, we celebrated in the gardens on the grounds of our Lingen plant.

We expressed our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s guests of honor for their many years of commitment and loyalty to our company. We extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Udo Schmidt for 40 years of service, to Manfred Heidötting and Klaus-Dieter Frei for 35 years, and to Andreas Rhein, Matthias Wessels, Wendelin Wald and Johann Heinz for 25 years with Mainka.

Trainees starting in 2019!

We send out a hearty “Welcome to the Mainka team”

For 14 new trainees at our administrative office in Lingen, 01 August 2019 marked the start of their career with our company. We welcome to Team Mainka: three trainees in civil and underground construction with a focus on road construction, three trainees in construction equipment operation, one in surface construction, one dual student working toward a qualification in reinforced concrete construction, five industrial management trainees and one trainee in IT systems integration.

We wish our new colleagues a great start into their training years with exciting and educational experiences and, above all, an enjoyable time on the Mainka team.


German Work Safety Prize 2019

With our corporate philosophy “We build safely — or we don’t build” we entered the competition for the German Work Safety Prize 2019 in the “Strategic” category — with success. In June of 2019, we were one of three enterprises nominated for a prize in this category for our commitment to “work safety as a corporate philosophy”. 

The next step will be an audit of the nominated companies in the coming months. Based on the audit results, an independent jury of renowned personalities from the realms of economics, politics, associations and science will honor one company per category for its commitment to work safety.

We are thrilled about the nomination and proud of the recognition of our corporate strategy! 

Of course we will report on the results soon.

Successfully certified!

First German construction company with a certified documentation process

Our experience over the past years has shown that different projects and customers have widely differing requirements regarding the structure and encryption of documents and storage formats. This is why we have continuously refined our project documentation structures and templates and adapted them to a wide range of requirements in order to satisfy our customers’ needs.

After comprehensive audits of our processes and procedures, our documentation process was certified by TÜV Austria on 25 February 2019. 

We are very proud to be the first construction company in Germany to have earned a certification in this area.

Contract signed!

Project “Water purification plant BP Lingen Step 3"

In cooperation with Nijhuis Water Technology BV, Doetinchem /Netherlands we were contracted to build and complete the third and last phase of the BP water treatment plant in Lingen. As the three round tanks and the rectangular tank with walls up to 8.5 m in height are built above ground, the requirements of the project were extremely stringent in terms of not only technology but also visual appearance — an uncommon aspect for a water treatment plant. All structures are built from high-quality exposed concrete with minimal crack width limitation. The project started on 04 March 2019, and completion is scheduled for late 2019. 

Apart from the technological implementation, work safety is of the utmost importance in this project, as construction is being carried out in direct proximity to the adjoining refinery and water treatment operation.

The contract was signed on 27 February 2019 at the Nijhuis premises in Doetinchem / Netherlands.  We are very pleased about this collaboration!

Important milestone reached: The shell is up!

New structure on Covestro Campus in Leverkusen

During a small “Deckenfest”— the flat-roof equivalent of a topping out ceremony — about 80 project members came together on 17 January 2018 to celebrate the timely completion of our work on the shell of a new building on the Covestro campus in Leverkusen’s Chempark. The result is something to be proud of. 

After more than 150,000 work hours, we again completed the construction project without any accidents to report! 



Winner of the German Youth Work Safety Prize 2018!

Mainka trainee team again takes 1st Place

On 23 October 2018, the German Youth Work Safety Prize (JAZ) was conferred in Stuttgart at the specialist conference of Arbeitsschutz Aktuell.  The prize is issued every two years by FASI (Work Safety Association). The competition honors effective, clever and at the same time economical solutions that can be implemented in other companies.

First place was taken by our trainee team (Peter Berning, Malte Gösse, Christian Schleicher) with their project “Safety mat for reinforcement”.

The mat simply and efficiently provides a secure walking path on construction sites during the installation of reinforcement until the concrete is poured. It dramatically reduces the risk of tripping, snagging or twisting an ankle.

Click here to view a film on the project “Safety mat for reinforcement”.

Congratulations to the entire project team and many thanks to our clever trainees for their ideas, their commitment and their dedication.

(Photos: Christopher Wirtgen / Thomas Plonsker)

Opening of our facility in Cologne

... from the Ems to the Rhine

The opening celebration for our new Mainka facility in Cologne took place on 06 September 2018. Its central location right outside the gates of the Shell Rheinland refinery puts is in very close proximity and direct contact with our long-term customers in the Cologne area.  We have also found several new colleagues on the Rhineland labor market to join our company.

We wish all colleagues in Cologne every success on the new premises!

A great team on the soccer field, too!

Schalke 04 Sponsors’ Cup 2018

Our teams are outstanding not only on construction sites, but on the soccer field as well! Our highly motivated Mainka team took part in the Schalke 04 Sponsors’ Cup 2018. 

And even though the cup went home with the "Allstars FC Deutsche Post", it was great fun to be there. Well done

After Work Party 2018

Congratulations to our employees celebrating anniversaries in 2018!

On 30 August 2018, we had our annual After Work Party for administrative employees. As every year, we celebrated in the gardens on the grounds of our Lingen plant. Even the “nordic” summer did not dampen everyone’s good spirits. 

We expressed our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s guests of honor for their many years of commitment and loyalty to our company. We thank Hermann Johanning and Helmut Michaelis for 40 years with our company, and Bodo Krüger and Bernhard Bernsen for 45 years with Mainka! An impressive feat!

Mainka IHK TOP training company

Excellent training!

On 24 July 2018, the IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce) Osnabrück-Emsland-Grafschaft Bentheim named us “IHK TOP-Ausbildungsbetrieb” (TOP training company) for the outstanding quality of our dual vocational training of young professionals. The official certificate was presented by the IHK’s vice general manager Eckhard Lammers.

The title "IHK TOP-Ausbildungsbetrieb" is bestowed on companies whose training programs are of exemplary quality. The certificate sends a strong signal to students and parents that a dual training program with Mainka gives young persons a first-rate career start. 

We are very pleased to have received this honor and thank the entire preparation team for their outstanding commitment.

The local press reported on the award as well. Click here for the full report.

Click hear to listen to the radio interview with Dr. Mainka and Mr. Lammers.

Successfully topped!

Beacon project of BP Lingen

We are currently cooperating with the Lingen-based construction company Hofschröer to build the new administrative and service center of BP Lingen. The building complex for the administrative section will have three floors.

The pyramid-shaped dome over the atrium was lifted onto the roof by a 500t crane on 16 July 2018. This dome extends 15m above the building roof and, once completed, will be colorfully illuminated by light projectors. 

We gladly present some of the spectacular images of the event.

BP Lingen reported on the current progress of the building project (mid-August) in a video, which is available for viewing at the following link:

50,000 man hours without accident!

Construction of an air separation plant in Röthenbach a. d. Pegnitz

In our current construction project “Construction of an air separation plant” in Röthenbach a. d. Pegnitz for our customer Linde AG, we have once again demonstrated that work safety is the top priority in our company.

On 19 June 2018, the entire construction site team had worked a total of 50,000 man hours without a single accident!

The Linde AG project managers came from Pullach in person for this special occasion, and presented each of our employees on the site team with a T-shirt as a small token of their recognition and a reward for their impressive performance.

A detailed report on the construction project is also available in our current MainkaZIN.

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