Explaining the “Deetken” in The Deetken Group

October 8, 2020

The Deetken family, originally from the Netherlands, immigrated to southern Germany in the early 1600s. In the years that followed, the family founded a successful milling business. The Deetken mill operated for close to 200 years and, during this time, had to constantly adapt to significant political, social and market shifts. Initially built as a sawmill, the business milled a variety of products over its lifetime (e.g. paper and flour) in response to changes in the market. The Deetkens were one of the largest employers in the Neckar-Odenwald district of Germany and served as leaders in their community. 

Inspired by the Deetken family’s entrepreneurship, innovation, and devotion to their community, the co-founders of The Deetken Group adopted their name and, with it, a commitment to creative problem-solving and social impact. 

The Deetken mill ceased operations in 1979. Two years later, it was purchased by a German charity. It continues to be used by this charity today.

Centuries ago the Deetken mill was powered by a water wheel. Today, The Deetken Group invests in hydro, solar and wind projects, supporting the transition to renewable energy and a more sustainable world.

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