20(a) Provide the name and full description of the community that the applicant is committing to serve

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The ACO community derives from the drainage manufacturer ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG. The ACO community members are ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG and its globally affiliated companies in which ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG holds a majority interest as published in the annual report.

ACO is led by Hans-Julius Ahlmann, Hans-Peter Meyer and Peter Fröhlich. Both sons of CEO Hans-Julius Ahlmann are along with their father shareholder of ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG, whereas the older son, Johannes Ahlmann, serves as Head of IT, Logistics and Human Resources, the younger son, Iver Ahlmann, serves as Head of Production to ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG.
ACO is organized into 9 geographic sub-groups covering the whole world.
- Nordic Group (including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)
- North Western European Group (including United Kingdom, Belgium, The Netherlands)
- Germany
- South Western European Group (including France, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, …)
- Eastern Europe (including Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, …)
- Southern Europe Arabia Group (including Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, …)
- China
- India
- Pan Pacific (United States of America, Canada, Australia, Mexico)
In recent years, ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG has continuously expanded its affiliate infrastructure. Today a total of 94 fully owned affiliates in more than 40 countries exist, covering all five continents. The ACO community consists of 3800 employees worldwide.
ACO and thereby the community has a company history of more than 60 years: ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG has been founded on 10th of December 1946 in Buedelsdorf as „SAB“ – Severin Ahlmann Betonindustrie on the site of the Carlshütte foundry – Schleswig-Holstein’s first industrial company. The company has been been renamed on 19.01.1972 to ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG. The duration of the company is not restricted to a certain period, but of a longlasting nature. The object of the company is the development, production and sale of drainage systems. Products include drainage channels and drains, oil and grease separators, backflow prevention systems, pumps and cellar windows and light shafts.

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