A German city located in North Rhine-Westphalia, in the district of Herford, between Hanover and Bielefeld, at the intersection of two highways, A-2 and A-30. Presently, it has about 39,000 inhabitants.
It received its municipal rights in 1968 as a result of the merging of the municipalities Gohfeld, Löhne, Mennighueffen, Obernbeck and Uhlenburg. The region has a history of close to a thousand years. The main attractions of the city are: monuments from the 12th and 16th century, regional museum and Aqua Park with a complex of recreational equipment.
Löhne is the centre of the furniture, steel and machine, construction, food and plastics industries. One of the most successful companies is “THB Henryk Bury”, which manufactures, among others, speaker kits for cars, and has a large manufacturing facility in the Special Economic Zone “Euro-Park Mielec”. Lohne is also a local educational and cultural centre.
The initiative of cooperation with Mielec flowed from owner of the company THB Henryk Bury and his wife, Renata. In March and May 2002, two German delegations were in Mielec, headed by the mayor Werner Hamel. On 25-26 May 2002, a delegation from Mielec went on a revisit to Lohne. As a result of meetings and talks, both sides expressed their willingness to partnership with the cities, which was supported by the approval of the municipal councils in Lohne and Mielec. The exchange of declarations on cooperation took place during the second visit of the delegation of Mielec in Löhne, i.e. 28 August 2002. It was agreed that the areas of cooperation will be: education, culture, sports, administration and economy, as well as meeting of the inhabitants of both cities.