Remembering Fritz Stotmeister, Founder of Sto

Sto company founder Fritz Stotmeister passed away on April 21, 2022, at the age of 94. 

Mr. Stotmeister shaped the company and thus the construction industry. His personality shapes the company’s values to this day: a personal interaction based on mutual help, respect, and discipline. He loved the company and its employees very much. 

His two daughters and two sons, with their families, lose their head of the family, the employees of Sto lose their company’s founder and the creator of an exceptional corporate climate in which customers and employees alike all feel as though they are part of the “Sto family”.   

Sto is a global business founded and led by members of the German Stotmeister family. Starting in 1936 with a cement and lime plant in Weizen, Fritz and his father, Wilhelm Stotmeister, pioneered the introduction of high-quality synthetic resin wall coatings in the European market.  Since then, Sto has grown globally, with a significant share of that growth coming from the invention of insulated wall cladding systems in the 1960s. The company has grown through innovation and acquisition to be a major worldwide player in making buildings of all types energy efficient and enhancing their beauty and functionality. 

Today the company is a testament of a vision, hard work, and innovation by the Stotmeister family. 

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About Sto

Sto is an international technology leader in the design and production of innovative building materials tailored to human needs. Our wall systems, coatings and finishes have been the choice of leading architects, engineers and contractors for 61 years, and we are the world’s largest manufacturer of exterior thermal insulation systems, with 35 subsidiaries, more than 5000 employees, and 21 factories operating around the globe.

Sto Corp., based in Atlanta, Georgia, produces a broad range of advanced cladding, air moisture barrier and coating systems that deliver energy efficiency and superior aesthetics for building construction, maintenance, and restoration. Sto Corp’s plants are ISO certified for environmental protection and quality control, and are strategically located to serve more than 200 distributor shipping locations throughout North and South America. Sto Corp. is committed to developing next-generation building solutions, and the company’s employees are advocates for technical mastery in pursuit of a sustainable built environment.

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