The history of the Salzburg grain mills
Today, the agony of choice is much more difficult to find the right flour mill than it was 35 years ago. In the 1970s, you could count the available models and, above all, the pioneers who built flour mills for the household, on one hand – Johann Thurner was there!
He was born in 1951 and passed away completely unexpectedly in 2008. The Salzburg grain mills were his life’s work.
Read its history and that of its flour mills here.
A piece of quality of life
He owed his love for good food to his mother, an excellent cook, and to his father, a technical inventor and machine builder, the curiosity to learn how something is really done well!
Perfectionism or Health Consciousness?
Probably both. How else can you explain that a young mechanical engineer with a master’s degree, in a managerial position as a specialist for special machines and devices in an internationally known company with excellent career opportunities, decides to give up everything in order to build first-class mills?
Success with your own ideas
At that time you couldn’t copy or build a lot if you wanted to develop a household mill – it meant having your own ideas, trying it out – figuring it out yourself and doing better! The “Salzburg grain mill” – the first mill model he developed, which today – decades later – is still referred to as the Mercedes of the grain mills, proves that he succeeded in this.
The natural granite millstone – the crowning glory of the Salzburg grain mills
Milling according to the old milling tradition in connection with the latest technology was his intended goal. 5 years of extensive research were necessary until a naturally grown millstone (very special type of granite) could satisfy it with the finest grinding results.
As a result, many developments in mill construction were due to his technical studies and his common sense.
All good things have to be beautiful too
But not only development and technology were very important to Johann Thurner, he also paid great attention to design. As a beautiful spirit who was not only connected to nature, but also as a modern person who was fully committed to life (enthusiastic sailor, mountaineer, music lover, etc.), an attractive appearance was an important criterion for him.
His opinion was: A mill should be fun and a jewel in the kitchen. Grain mills should be set up so that they are immediately available for every handful of flour!
In keeping with the current trend, but not at the expense of quality
He met today’s requirements to a large extent with his “Maxi” and “Carina” mill models. With the smallest space requirement and the most modern technology, it also met the desire for the best possible price. The born technician could not and did not want to do without quality, which has its price.
His motto was: no compromise at the expense of quality!
Satisfied customers for over 30 years
The fact that businesses, families and farms grind with Salzburg mills acquired over 30 years ago was proof that he had made the right decision during his lifetime and it still is for us today.
Out of conviction – with heart and mind …
As a young man he had a dream: “I will be a mill builder and my mills will grind long, fine and gently!”
His dream has come true – Johann lives on with his mills!
Since his death, his sister Christine Thurner has continued to build the Salzburg grain mills in his spirit.