A passion for milling

by Emily Buckley
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ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND — The 46th graduating class of the Swiss Milling School (SMS) in St.Gallen received their diplomas from the new director of the SMS, Hansueli Rick, on June 20, 2003.

The 14 students from five different nations completed a ten-month course comprising in-depth theory with a strong focus on practice, to qualify as milling tech-nologists. These were: Jan Cordesmeyer (Rheine, Germany), Rachid El Khayam (Agadir, Mor-occo), Martin Iten (Zürich, Switzerland), Remo Jäckli (Oberegg/AI, Switzerland), Ralph Linnemann (Wettringen, Germany), Cédric-Anil Müller (Uzwil, Switzer-land), Lucien Rahm (Birmenstorf, Switzerland), Christoph Rupp (Hörbranz, Austria), Georg Schafler (Gersdorf, Austria), Josef Scheller (Pfaffenhofen/Reisgang, Germany), Uwe Schill (Rohrdorf, Germany), Martin Stern (Romont FR, Switzerland), Ralf Wirth (Weinfelden TG, Switzerland).

More than a thousand students have been trained to become milling technologists since the school was set up in 1957 by René Bühler. Over half of all these students were instructed — and inspired by a passion for grain milling — by Heiner Sollberger, who is retiring after 27 years of service for the SMS and over 40 years of activity in the field of grain milling.