1921Matthias Gasteiger secures the rights for the Weisswasser quarry as the highest bidder

Why was the town of Lasa, then ruled by farm-owners, so hostile towards companies in the marble industry, and towards Lechner’s especially? Farmers at that time often had to endure hard times, because of poor harvests and falling prices.

Companies working in the marble sector offered their workers higher wages and regular working hours and were therefore deemed responsible for the increase in the cost of labor. The municipality seized the opportunity to put Lechner under pressure through a third party: Gasteiger. In 1921 Gasteiger, being the highest bidder, secured the rights over the valleys most profitable quarry and thus weakened his direct competitor Lechner.