09/02/09

Celebrations on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the company founder, Adolf Würth, took place at the administrative building of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG on Saturday, 7 February 2009.

Künzelsau. “The Würth Group would never have come into being without my mother’s typical northern German straightforwardness and resolute way and my father’s loving guidance,” is how Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts, characterized his parents. The 100th birthday of Adolf Würth was therefore a good occasion for the company to remember the company founder together with invited guests on 7 February 2009.

At the administrative building of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG in Künzelsau-Gaisbach, there will be a little exhibition about Adolf Würth with historicaldocuments and photos until 30 April 2009.Adolf Würth is born on 7 February 1909. His father Friedrich Würth, afarmer growing wine, runs an inn in Ilsfeld and administers the local payingoffice of Württembergische Landessparkasse.

The young man’s personality ismolded by his origins. “My father had a friendly relationship with hiscolleagues and liked to get together with them to celebrate over a glass ofgood wine, which was no wonder because my father had a little wine tavernand a winery in Ilsfeld,” Reinhold Würth recalls about his father.

In 1922 - at the age of just 13 - Adolf Würth joins then screw trading business Reisser as an apprentice, where he goes on to makea successful career. He quickly becomes a specialist in his field, is givenpower of attorney and starts to go on business trips to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This business model of direct-selling that Adolf Würth wouldtake up again later for his own company would prove to be the core of theWürth Group’s growth engine.

The Second World War marks a turning point in the professional life ofAdolf Würth. In 1942, he is drafted and given the commercial responsibility for a company in then occupied France: the Alsatian branch of the Zinser company in Hagenau.It was above all Adolf Würth’s wife, Alma, who supports his step to selfemployment after the end of the war. “After the Second World War my mother was the driving force that pushed my father towards selfemployment",said Reinhold Würth. On 16 July 1945, the company ‘Adolf Würth, Wood Screws, Künzelsau’ is founded. The company is based in an adjacent building of Künzelsau’s Schlossmühle. Adolf Würth, described byhis son as “straightforward, marketing and sales-oriented,” runs the screwwholesales business with great success. As early as seven years after thecompany foundation, on 14 December 1952, the company moves to its owncompany building in Künzelsau’s Bahnhofstraße.

The sudden death of the company founder only two years later constitutes abig challenge for the upcoming business. In 1954, then 19-year-old Reinhold Würth takes over the company management. He turns the two-man business into the world market leader for assembly and connecting materials.

Reinhold Würth is very well aware of his parents’ great contributions: He calls his father the most important figure of authority and role model in hislife. He recalls that his father included him in the business processes from the very beginning and also allowed him to participate in the first screwpurchases at the Arnold company in Ernsbach. Reinhold Würth: “What still lives on in me is his creative travel urge and above all his uncompromising sales and customer orientation.”