APPEARANCES The Messe would be impossible if it weren’t for people keeping it clean. Plaza Watch met Heinz Gottlieb, CEO of Gottlieb Facility Services, a company that employs around 600 of the 700 staff cleaning staff during Baselworld.
I guess that you guys have to work around the clock to keep the fairgrounds spick and span?
Well, we have people here 24/7. But the hours between 3 and 7 in the morning are actually only for the piquet service. That means that we are on call in case anything would happen that requires emergency cleaning. This is super important, the show must go on as soon as possible. It could be a small fire or something like that – it really looks like a pig sty after the fire brigade has done their job. And it is very important that everything is good afterwards, and the job must be quick. And how often is the piquet service put to use?
Luckily this is very rare, perhaps every second year you could say on average, and I base this on the fact that we have worked with the Messe now for 40 years. And what about the everyday work? For instance, how much litter is produced during the Baselworld?
Around 14 tons per day. During the whole week 94 tons of litter is produced that we take care of. And then there is of course the cleaning in the stands and in the public ways. What happens with the litter?
Everything gets sorted, we really have a very strong ecology policy. During Baselworld we have around 100 people that work all day long only with the sorting. What is it that makes Baselworld a special place to work?
It is such special fair because of the astronomical values on site, the security apparatus is extremely rigorous. Every single one of our staff is security checked, it is like an FBI control. Apart from clearing this all the staff need to go to security school, ecology school and quality training. And if you really want to learn everything there is to know about cleaning you must go 3 years to school.