The Company GELO

GELO: Love for Timber Since 1898

More than a century has passed since three brave men decided to found a sawmill in Weißenstadt. Today, the company is still trading the at same location, yet the conditions are totally different.

In the past decades, GELO continuously developed from a traditional sawmill to a state of the art timber machining plant. Neither two world wars, nor two devastating conflagrations in 1918 and 1992 were able to stop the constant upward trend. With an annual cutting rate of more than 200 000 cubic meters and the most advanced sawmill technology, GELO is among the largest and most renowned timber processing companies in Germany.

GELO Products Quality & Sustainability

250.000 Cubic Metres

13 Drying Chambers

60.000 Cubic Metres KVH

115 Employees

High Quality Apprenticeships

40.000 Cubic Metres Planed Timber

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GELO Quality & Sustainability

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120 Years GELO in Weißenstadt

It was back in 1898 as three men from Weißenstadt got together to found a sawmill: the wood trader Friedrich Gebhardt and the businessmen Friedrich Lochner and Wilhelm Lochner.

Shortly afterwards, work began with twelve employees in the newly built sawmill. The first plant was made up of two frame saws, steam powered machinery, a boiler plant and a circular saw. The company successfully made it through two world wars and two devastating conflagrations in 1918 and 1992. In 2018, we celebrate 120 years of GELO: A special celebration that only few companies can enjoy!

Do you want to know more about GELO’s history? Visit our company museum in Weißenstadt or take a virtual tour here!

GELO History

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Subsidiary Companies and Partners

To contribute to sustainability, we put the byproducts of timber production to use – mostly in our own subsidiary companies.

In 2011, we founded WUN Bioenergie, a joint venture with Stadtwerke Wunsiedel (SWW): Sawdust is pressed to special pellets, which are used as energy supply for private and commercial buildings.Our second subsidiary, ZARELO, turns mill shavings into sustainable fire starters.

Die GELO Holzkiste – Holz Werksverkauf in Weißenstadt
GELO Factory Outlet


GELO Holzwerke Weißenstadt – Tochterunternehmen WUNBIO ENERGIE
Sustainable Energy

WUN Bioenergy

Natural Fire Lighters


GELO Sägewerk des Jahres 2022