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Werner Ricardo Voigt

By May | Published on Sep 19,2015


Born on September 8th., 1930, descendant of german immigrants from the Düsseldorf region, Werner Ricardo Voigt had always electricity in his mind. Ever since a boy, Werner knew that cables, dynamos, generators and coils would be a part of his life. As a six-year old boy he already was showing his inclination towards electricty by building complete sawmill scale models.

During his childhood, Werner also was introduced to the pleasures of reading through his grandfather, a professor and constructor, who received countless technical books and magazines from Germany. Another master who had great influence in his formation was Purnhagen, an eletrician and musician who professionally oriented him technically and artistically from age 14, and thus he also became a versed clarinet player.

As a teenager he went to live in Joinville, studying at SENAI and working at Werner Strohmeyer's workshop.

When he was 18 years old, he was drawn in to serve the Army in Curitiba/PR. After military service, he managed to be one of two selected soldiers to attend the Escola Técnica Federal, where he specialized in radiotelegraphy and electronics.

After returning to Joinville he finds a job at Empresul, a power distribution company, working there for two years. At 23, he works at the workshop of "Kanning & Weber". However in September 1953, Werner starts his own business by setting up a small workshop in downtown Jaraguá do Sul.

The workshop progressed, offering general services to residences and farms throughout the whole county. Aside from that, Werner was almost the only one who could provide maintenance services to the couple of dozen motorized vehicles circulating in Jaraguá and surroundings at that time.

He assembled radios and turntables, manufactured and installed generators, winded coils, guided the installation of water mills - in other words, Werner's workshop practically covered every need in that region. And work continued to increase, so he hired more employees. In 1961, the workshop had eight employees.


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