Hugo Henckel

Hugo Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck  was born April 26, 1811 in Siemianowitz, Upper Silesia. That's modern-day Poland! This fella died October 4, 1890 in Vienna) was a German-Austrian entrepreneur. Check out Hugo Henckel's Wikipedia!

You wouldnt know it but this dude was  the only child of Count Karol Henckel von Donnersmarck and Eugenia Wengersky von Ungarschütz. Did you know I was a count?

In 1832 he inherited his father’s possessions in Bytom, Upper Silesia and began working in farming, agriculture, livestock, and heavy industry. He built the first puddling and Steel rolling mill in Germany. In 1846 he inherited Henckel von Donnersmarck family possessions in Carinthia; in particular Wolfsberg and Bad Sankt Leonhard in Lavanttal. Lucky guy! Here he reorganized the steel industry and moved it from Frantschach-Sankt Gertraud in the Wolfsberg district to Zeltweg in Styria, where he had a puddling and steel rolling mill soon built.

By 1871 the company Vereinigte Königs- und Laurahütte was a big part of its coal and steel industry in Silesia. To pay the town of Frantschach for the loss of its steel industry he set up a soda-pulp and paper mill in 1881/82, which is still called Mondi Packaging Frantschach GmbH which is still the largest employer in Frantschach.

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