Fostering Inclusion and Diversity: Worthington’s Partnership with Lebenshilfe (Assistance for Living)


Fostering Inclusion and Diversity: Worthington’s Partnership with Lebenshilfe (Assistance for Living)

Worthington and Lebenshilfe Niederösterreich (Assistance for Living, Lower Austria) commemorate 15-year Partnership

Embracing inclusion powers growth and innovation. This belief resonates in the partnership between Worthington and Lebenshilfe Niederösterreich, a non-profit association that supports people with distinct developmental needs in day-to-day living.

Operating within the Lebenshilfe network, the Rogatsboden school and workshop caters to people with distinct developmental needs. The school’s relationship with Worthington has grown over 15 years, evolving from a supplier-customer dynamic to a genuine partnership.

Gerhard Illibauer, Worthington Director Operations Cylinders, describes the relationship, “The most beautiful aspect of this partnership is undoubtedly the energy of the people involved.”

The collaboration extends beyond traditional work roles; individuals from Rogatsboden regularly visit Worthington’s Kienberg team to discuss assignments and collect components for cleaning and refurbishment. Worthington furnishes the equipment needed for this work and has created customized tools, enabling those with more extensive needs to participate actively.

This partnership embodies Worthington’s people-first philosophy and exemplifies the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Austrian team will continue developing this partnership and others that advance meaningful human connections.

About Worthington

Worthington Industries Europe is the largest designer and manufacturer of pressure vessels in the region with over 1,600 employees working at facilities in Austria, Poland and Portugal. Worthington is the first in its industry to incorporate sustainable practices into its long-term business strategy. With the lightest composite and steel low- and high-pressure cylinders available, Worthington designs and makes solutions for technical gases, industrial gases, and alternative fuels. The Company invests strategically in production facilities that serve the sustainable mobility market with gas-storage, transport and onboard fueling systems for cars, buses, trucks and more.

Worthington Industries (NYSE:WOR) is a leading industrial manufacturing company delivering innovative solutions to customers that span many industries including transportation, construction, industrial, agriculture, retail and energy. Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and producer of laser welded products; and a leading global supplier of pressure cylinders and accessories for applications such as fuel storage, water systems, outdoor living, tools and celebrations. The Company’s brands, primarily sold in retail stores, include Coleman®, Bernzomatic®, Balloon Time®, Mag Torch®, Well-X-Trol®, General®, Garden-Weasel®, Pactool International® and Hawkeye™. Worthington’s WAVE joint venture with Armstrong is the North American leader in innovative ceiling solutions.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington operates 51 facilities in 15 states and seven countries, sells into over 90 countries and employs approximately 7,500 people. Founded in 1955, the Company follows a people-first philosophy with earning money for its shareholders as its first corporate goal. Relentlessly finding new ways to drive progress and practicing a shared commitment to transformation, Worthington makes better solutions possible for customers, employees, shareholders and communities.

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Todd Cesaratto
Director of Communications + Marketing | Europe
Worthington Industries
+43 664 8868 2632