Nobilia became most successful company with 1,018,400,000 euro sells per year at the 70 year company anniversary. The two factory produces 630,000 full kitchens every year. In factory phase 1 16,700 and in factory phase 2 12,000 every day.
Each day 2,500 kitchens leave the 215,000 square metre production hall and are delivered directly to customers by 135 company lorries. Another storey is added to the administration building in Verl-Sürenheide and the office space is expanded by another 2,500 square metres.
The 2009 in-house exhibition also marks the grand opening of the test laboratory, which is unique to the kitchen furniture industry. Here, all new developments are subjected to extensive testing on 230 square metres. Only furniture that has passed the qualification tests in the nobilia test laboratory are accepted into the new collection.
For the first time nobilia has its environmental management system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14001 and is awarded the "Golden M" award from the German Gütegemeinschaft für Möbel e.V. (Furniture Quality Seal).
Management experiences a change in personnel. Dr. Günter Scheipermeier takes over as Chairman of the Board. Only a few months before, on May 15,1999, Heinz Stickling passed away as the result of an accident.
With the start-up/commissioning of a new production hall, the production area in Verl-Sürenheide increases to 105,000 square metres. This also documents the continuation of the innovative and rapid corporate development just in time for the company's 50th anniversary.
With roughly 1,300 employees and a production area measuring 85,000 square metres, a new sales record of 680 million German Marks is reached. Every day roughly 1,000 kitchens leave the plant.
A new office building is constructed to house the technical administration, a training centre and a two-storey production hall with an area of approx. 6,000 sqm. Start-up of a fully automated worktop processing machine line.
Heinz and Werner Stickling decide to discontinue manufacturing home furnishings and sell Dominanta. In the same year, the Verl-Sürenheide plant introduces double shift operation. nobilia concentrates exclusively on the production of fitted kitchens.
The old plant in Avenwedde closes its doors. With this, the entire kitchen furniture production is now based exclusively in Verl-Sürenheide.
In Verl-Sürenheide a new building is constructed with 3,000 square metres of office space to centralise the administrative departments.
The first in-house exhibition takes place on an exhibition area covering 2,000 square metres. A tradition is born, which continues to hold a significant attraction for the industry today.
Johann Stickling transfers managerial responsibility to his sons Heinz and Werner Stickling. On the occasion of the company's 25th anniversary, a new plant is built to further expand production capabilities on a 51,000 square metre site in Verl-Sürenheide with a production area initially measuring 7,000 square metres.
After the company's conversion to a limited partnership in 1962, it now bears the name NOBILIA-Werke J. Stickling KG. The younger son of Johann Stickling, Werner Stickling, joins the family business. The number of employees increases to 145. Almost a quarter of a century after its founding, nobilia begins specialising in fitted kitchens from this point on.
The company is divided: while Willy Stickling produces home furnishings in a previously built subsidiary plant in Avenwedde under the brand name Wista , Johann Stickling continues to manage the original company.
As of December 1, 1949 the company begins operating under the name J. and W. Stickling OHG (general partnership).
Tischlermeister Johann Stickling und sein Bruder, Kaufmann Willy Stickling, gründen in Avenwedde eine Schreinerei als Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts. Sie produzieren in einer angemieteten Halle Nähschränke und Kleinmöbel. Am Ende des Jahres beschäftigt der Betrieb bereits sieben Mitarbeiter.