Hans Hendrix, a longtime employee of Kusters, passed away July 1. He was 56 years old. Mr. Hendrix joined Kusters as an apprentice 42 years ago. Having completed his training as an engine fitter, he worked first as an assembler for a good number of years and later as a master fitter. His cosmopolitan, open-minded and ever constructive attitude stood out immediately and eventually caught the attention of Eduard Küsters who asked him to oversee the establishment of a service center in the U.S. Since 1981, he dedicated himself to this task with great talent, a lot of personal commitment and great success. Most recently he held the position of general manager of Küsters Corporation in Spartanburg, SC.
Mr. Hendrix was a strong leader and the best colleague one could wish for, according to a statement issued by Kusters. "He distinguished himself through a very open leadership style and treated all colleagues and employees as equals-just as his great role model Eduard Küsters had done," the company said. "He always strove for understanding, fairness and very purposeful handling of the large and small problems of daily life. His friendly, always even-tempered, cheerful and optimistic attitude put its mark on the Küsters Corporation. His death is a tragic and sad loss for us all."