Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler receives Gründerpreis for his life’s work

Award presented by Dr. Nils Schmid, Baden-Württemberg Minister of Finance and Economics
Caption(from the left): District Head Roland Bernhard, Sparkassen President Peter Schneider, Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler, Christiane Schaufler-Münch, Minister of Finance and Economics Dr. Nils Schmid, Michael Tillmann (member of the Kreissparkasse Böblingen board). (PresseBox) (Sindelfingen, ) Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler, CEO of BITZER SE, received the 2014 Baden-Württemberg Gründerpreis (founder’s award) in the category “life’s work” in Stuttgart. The award was presented by Dr. Nils Schmid, patron and Minister of Finance and Economics.

Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Baden-Württemberg has been presenting the Gründerpreis in a variety of categories for 17 years. The category “life’s work” was added eleven years ago. The award presented to Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler honors a lifetime of achievements, with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking and a high level of dedication to social issues. For instance, BITZER regularly supports the work of communities, organizations and social institutions. With the Schaufler Foundation, which he founded in 2005, Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler plays a key role in uniting entrepreneurship, vocational training and work placements with research, science and art in the refrigeration segment.

The Schaufler Foundation
The Foundation will continue the successful life’s work of the entrepreneur, which began when he joined his father’s company back in 1963. Peter Schaufler has been Managing Director of the BITZER Group since 1979. Since then, the number of employees has increased from 250 people to more than 3,200. “I live for the company and would like to be a role model for my employees in every respect,” explains Peter Schaufler. He recognized the importance of globalization very early on, positioning the Group on all continents by establishing new companies and acquiring other ones. BITZER SE is currently represented with 90 locations around the world and, following a study carried out by WirtschaftsWoche magazine, took 15th place last year among Germany’s 1,500 most economically powerful medium-sized companies.
Despite this global success, the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors and pressure vessels has remained true to its roots and its country of origin, Germany. Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler can take credit for this, too. BITZER has been consistently investing in its domestic locations Sindelfingen, Rottenburg, Schkeuditz and Altenburg for years, thus safeguarding and creating jobs. This demonstrates that, in addition to commercial success, the well-being of its employees is also important to the BITZER Group.
The 2014 Baden-Württemberg Gründerpreis in the category “life’s work” honors Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler, a person who has made countless contributions to the community in Baden-Württemberg as well as in Germany. “For me, the award is a great honor and confirmation of my entrepreneurial philosophy,” Schaufler explains following the award ceremony. “I’d like to further pursue these ideals.”


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