During the Family Business Network meeting in Salzburg, economics minister Reinhold Mitterlehner is able to see the Schneiders’ production facility for himself. In 2010, Olympic Winter Games again take place in Torino. As is often the case, the Austrian Olympians sport Schneiders at their official appearances. After 15 years in office, Alfons Schneider takes his leave as the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany. For his many years of dedication in this function, he is awarded the Order of Merit First Class by the Federal Republic of Germany.