Sept. 11, 2006
Zitzloffs meet Kissinger while receiving award
By Cullen Schultz
Delano resident Dave Zitzloff was honored by The Bosch Group for service to his community and to the company Aug. 31 in Detroit, Mich.
Zitzloff has been very active in Delano throughout the years. He was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Women’s Club of Delano this summer.
He has also been involved with the Delano Fire Department as a First Responder, Delano City Council member, park board member, and a member of the athletic association, and youth baseball and hockey associations, to name a few.
Zitzloff has been employed by Bosch, located in Brooklyn Park, for the last 27 years. He started working at Bosch as a machinist, which he did for five years before being promoted to machine shop supervisor.
He was a shop supervisor for another seven years before being promoted to his current job, manufacturing manager. He has been manager for the last 15 years.
He is in charge of the machine shop, assembly, and field service, and has 54 employees he is responsible for.
The Bosch group was created in 1886 in Stuttgart, Germany. Bosch has services in over 140 countries. The company moved to the United States in 1906, and is celebrating its 100th anniversary of being in the United States.
The company employs approximately 50,000 people in the US, alone. It is very diversified, working in automotives, power tools, high-speed vial filling equipment for pharmaceuticals, and eye care products.
In celebration of Bosch’s 100 years in America, the company honored 30 employees from the US, including Zitzloff.
Twenty of the 30 employees were honored for service to Bosch, alone. The other ten employees were honored for both community service and service to the company; Zitzloff was among the group honored for both.
Zitzloff and his wife, Dorothy, flew to Detroit Aug. 31 for the event.
“It was top shelf, they went all out,” Zitzloff said.
Bosch paid for the flight, transportation in Detroit, the hotel, and gave them a $50 voucher to use at the hotel.
The Zitzloffs were picked up at the airport by a limousine and taken to their hotel, the Hilton. They then proceeded to the Opera Center, where the ceremony was to take place.
The event started at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight, and included a seven course meal, presentation of the winners, and three special speakers.
The first speaker was Dr. Hermann Scholl, Bosch’s chairman of the board. He was followed by the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm.
The last speaker at the ceremony was former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. Kissinger, a board member for The Bosch Group, talked for 20 minutes about the company and also some politics.
The Zitzloffs flew back home to Minnesota the next day.
“They made us feel very special,” Zitzloff said.